In December, we strayed from our normal beer brewing to do two special mixtures: Cranberry Mead and a Xmas Porter. Yes, the Xmas Porter is beer, but we made a special flavor by using fresh plums and lovely holiday spices like cinnamon and chocolate. (The painting I used in the label design for the mead is Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer's "Eve,” 1896.)
The mead was a step in the complete unknown for us, as we've never made any. It stepped into super experimental when i decided to combine two different recipes to make what we ended up bottling. Mead needs to age for a minimum of one year and tastes best after five, so I won't be able to see if I did well by this recipe for a good long while. That didn't stop us from making the bottles for our two experiments fancy.
We decided to wax the caps and necks of our special holiday brews, and the process was much easier than I was expecting. We followed these instructions and decided to double-dip the necks so that it wouldn't show the ridges of the bottle caps as much.
They all turned out lovely and we completed two cases of bottles in about an hour/hour and a half, including the time to wait for the wax to melt. I wanted to experiment with placing a seal, like with an envelope, on the top of the cap, but we decided against it this time around. Perhaps the next time we wax our home brews.