A Tiger Barn Cattery Wine Recipe

This recipe is for two gallons. When the primary fermentation is complete I'll split the liquid into two demijohns, then when all the racking is complete, I'll age the wine with vanilla, almond extract or spices. If you want to make one gallon, use 4 Lbs of Honey and around half the can of Strawberry juice, less water and TronOzymol.

8 Lbs of Honey simmered in 1.5 litres of water
1 745g Can of Young's Strawberry Juice
1 cup of strong tea for tannin
Boiling water to top up to a gallon
1 teaspoon of pectolase
3 teaspoon of yeast energiser
Lalvin EC118 Yeast
Crushed campden tablets

When all the ingredients are in only add as much honey water as you need to reach an SG of say 1.080 - 1.085 and that will almost guarantee a dry ferment at 12%.


The reality is that if you can make a country wine then you can make a mead. You'll just be pasturising the honey in water rather than adding several pounds of sugar. This is an easy mead to make, all you need is a fruit and some honey.

Next year we'll be keeping our own bees, but for now our local beekeeper who keeps his cats here donated 20 Lbs to the cause in exchange for a bottle from every batch. I've always loved meads and this was the right time to experiment … Little did I know then, but from now on it turned out that I'd just be concentrating on meads and port style wines.

A Melomel is any Honey wine flavoured or coloured with fruit, for me it's the most common wine I make now. Hippocrass are vanilla & herb meads named after the father of medicine - Hypocrates. Pyment is the name given to a wine fermented with grapes and honey drunk in Roman times and a Cyser is the name given to fermented apple juice with cherries. It's a similar naming convention to say an Acerglyn, which would use Maple syrup (Acer is a Maple tree) instead of honey and say a Metheglyn which would be fermented with Honey and spices.


Monday 6th January 2014

8 Lbs of Honey simmered in 1.5 litres of water
1 745g Can of Young's Strawberry Juice
1 strong cup of tea for tannin

Tuesday 7th January 2014
9 AM

Topped up with simmered water
3 tsp of TronOzymol
5g of EC118

SG: 1.080


Friday 7th February 2014

1st Rack
SG: 1.009

71 /7.4 = 9.6%


Wednesday 14th May 2014

2nd Rack
SG: 1.008

Split into 2 Gallons

Will flavor with:

vanilla extract
almond extract


 Ageing in Demijohns