Homebrewstuff One Gallon Nano-meadery Mead Starter Kit
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Our nano-meadery starter Kit comes with all the equipment needed to make one gallon batches of mead. This kits comes with everything you will need except honey. One gallon batches are a great way to perfect your mead making before stepping up to larger batches this Kit is also great for experienced mead makers who wish to make Test or pilot batches. Kit includes: 2 gallon primary fermentation bucket, 1 gallon glass carboy, mini Auto Siphon with 4' 5/16" x 7/16" tubing and hose clamp, triple scale hydrometer, stopper and 3 piece airlock, thermometer, 10 Pack camp den tablets, c-brute 2x, Instructions and Basic mead recipe (now improved and much more comprehensive), and Pasteur red yeast. homebrew stuff is the only authorized dealer of this Kit. Do not be fooled by sellers. if you need a refill for your Kit please see our other listings for mead or Cider refill kits.
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There were a few things that I was somewhat disappointed with. The cleaner is NOT a sanitizer. It wasn't even the C-Brite packets. It was a 8 oz. bottle simply labeled "Easy Clean." I had to purchase another chemical to sanitize the equipment. I guess the cleaner would work, but if I am going to invest almost a year in a gallon of mead, I'd rather make sure it is completely sanitized before I brew rather than finding out the equipment contaminated the brew. The one gallon glass carboy is great, but there was no temp strip or ABV strip that seems to be in the picture. The 2 gallon primary fermentation bucked worked very well. the lid had a nice rubber seal ready for the airlock and was fairly easy to open, yet sealed very well. The airlock was a single piece S airlock (not the three piece advertised) and pretty much sucked. It went dry a few times. Once may have been a little too much CO2 coming out, but the other times there was no mess, just no liquid in the airlock at the end of the day. (I left about 4 inches from the top of the bucket, which should have been more than enough - I brewed beer a LOOONG time ago). There doesn't seem to be a leak in the airlock, I had to purchase another airlock (3 piece) from a local store and then everything went well. The new one ($1.50) I had to purchase never needed to be filled.
The missing equipment was sent out the following business day, and I was able to keep the wine making book and racking cane that came with the first delivery. When the missing equipment did arrive, I was a little disappointed in the envelope containing the bubble wrapped equipment. The Campden tables were in a plastic ziplock bag with a sticker label instead of the nice easy to store bottle. I was also expecting a book about mead and recipes. I was instead sent a stapled packet that looks like it was printed from [...] (clearly labeled on every page) instead of a published book. There is good information there, but easily found on the internet, and did not add to the value of the kit at all in my opinion. To be fair, looking at the picture and product description again it does say "instructions" and not book, and the picture does look like a stapled packet if you look close enough. I was also sent Lalvin D47 yeast, not the Red Star, which I fully intended to skip for the Nottingham Ale Yeast I purchased from another company. The hydrometer is still in the bubble wrap, which it will probably stay until I do my next batch in the 6.5 gallon primary fermentation bucket I purchased.
The one thing that makes this kit incomplete, which I didn't realize, is that it seems to be intended to do the primary fermentation in the two gallon bucket, then racked to the one gallon carboy. If you make two gallons in the primary, plan on purchasing another carboy for another secondary. The second one won't be full, but you also wont be wasting any. You will also need to figure out your own bottling as this kit seems to be intended to rack once and stored in the carboy.
While purchasing cleaner and a new airlock at a local shop, I priced the equipment and found I probably could have purchased everything a little cheaper and got everything at the same time had I visited a homebrew store first. If you don't have a store relatively close by, this isn't a bad kit (minus the cheap airlock).
Overall, the company did make a mistake and they were very prompt in fixing it. The equipment (eventually) was delivered as promised, the shipping times on both were very reasonable. I was not charged for postage on the missing equipment. I was able to make a gallon of mead in the carboy and two gallons of cider in the primary fermentation bucket after I visited the local homebrew store for an extra airlock, cleaner, and a few more bottles. My first batch of cider should be done in a couple of months - the mead, well, a little longer.
This would make a great gift for someone who might be hard to buy for that likes to try new things.