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Sipping Spice: Crafting Chai Mead with a Twist

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Sipping Spice: Crafting Chai Mead with a Twist

Imagine this: you curl up on the couch with a steaming mug of your favorite chai tea, the warm spices tingling your nose and the sweetness dancing on your tongue. Now, close your eyes and take another sip, but this time, the comforting warmth spreads through your chest, a touch of honey lingering on your lips. That, my friend, is the magic of chai mead. But here’s the question that plagues many homebrewers: Can you truly capture the essence of chai in mead using store-bought concentrate?

Exploring Chai Mead with Chai Concentrate

Chai mead is not your average drink. It combines the traditional aspects of mead—fermented honey wine—with the aromatic spices of chai, resulting in a beverage that’s as exotic as it is comforting. While many articles discuss the basics, let’s delve deeper into the nuances of making chai mead, especially exploring the possibility of using chai concentrate to elevate the process.

The Role of Chai Concentrate in Chai Mead

One innovative method gaining traction among aficionados involves incorporating chai concentrate into the mead-making process. This approach introduces a convenient twist, enabling enthusiasts to infuse their mead with the intricate flavors of chai without the hassle of preparing the spice blend from scratch.

Brewing Up Success: Tips for Using Chai Concentrate

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Here are some key things to remember when using chai concentrate in your chai mead:

  • Start Small: Since concentrate flavors tend to be more intense, begin by adding a smaller amount than you would with loose-leaf tea. Gradually increase the quantity in subsequent batches until you achieve your desired spice level. This allows you to fine-tune the chai character without overpowering the delicate honey notes in your mead.
  • Spice it Up!: Don’t be afraid to add additional spices like whole cloves, cardamom pods, or star anise to your must alongside the concentrate. This can help create a more nuanced and layered flavor profile. For example, to accentuate the citrusy notes often found in chai, consider adding a touch of orange peel or grated ginger. Experimenting with different spices allows you to personalize your chai mead and create a flavor profile that reflects your own preferences.
  • Patience is a Virtue: Mead takes time to mature, and the flavors of chai mead will mellow and develop over time. Allow your creation to age for at least a few months before passing judgment. As the mead matures, the harsh edges of the spices will soften, and the flavors will meld together beautifully.

Black Scottie and You: A Collaborative Experiment

We at Black Scottie believe that chai mead holds tremendous potential, and we want to be part of your journey to create the perfect cup. We understand that the beauty of homebrewing lies in exploration and discovery. That’s why we’re here to support your experimentation with chai concentrate in your mead! Share your chai mead experiments using Black Scottie concentrate on social media, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions or suggestions. We’re eager to learn from your experiences and help you create the perfect chai mead.

How to Make Chai Mead with Chai Concentrate

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To make chai mead using chai concentrate, follow these step-by-step instructions:


  • Honey (enough for desired batch size)
  • Water (enough for desired batch size)
  • Chai concentrate (e.g., Black Scottie chai concentrate)
  • Yeast suitable for mead making
  • Optional spices (e.g., cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, cloves)


  • Large pot or brewing vessel
  • Fermentation vessel (e.g., glass carboy or food-grade bucket with airlock)
  • Brewing airlock
  • Brewing thermometer
  • Brewing hydrometer (for measuring specific gravity)


  1. Prepare the Must:
    • In a large pot, combine water and honey in a ratio suitable for your desired sweetness (usually around 3-4 pounds of honey per gallon of water for a medium-sweet mead).
    • Heat the mixture gently, stirring occasionally, until the honey is fully dissolved. Avoid boiling to preserve the delicate flavors.
  2. Add Chai Concentrate:
    • Once the honey-water mixture (known as “must”) has cooled to room temperature, add chai concentrate to taste. Start with a small amount and adjust based on your preference for chai flavor intensity. Aim for approximately 1 to 2 ounces of Black Scottie chai concentrate per gallon of mead.
  3. Incorporate Spices (Optional):
    • If desired, you can enhance the chai flavors by adding traditional chai spices directly into the must. Common spices include cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, cloves, and ginger. Simmer these spices gently in the must for added depth of flavor.
  4. Pitch Yeast:
    • Once the must has cooled to a suitable temperature (around 70-75°F or 21-24°C), pitch your chosen mead yeast into the mixture. Follow the yeast manufacturer’s instructions for the appropriate pitching temperature and rehydration process if necessary.
  5. Fermentation:
    • Transfer the must into a fermentation vessel (e.g., glass carboy) and attach an airlock.
    • Allow the mead to ferment at a controlled temperature (typically around 60-70°F or 15-21°C) until fermentation activity subsides. This process can take several weeks to a few months depending on the desired sweetness and alcohol level.
  6. Rack and Age (Optional):
    • After primary fermentation is complete and the mead clears, consider racking (transferring) the mead to a secondary fermentation vessel to separate it from any sediment.
    • Age the chai mead in the secondary vessel or bottle it directly for aging. Chai mead can benefit from aging to allow the flavors to meld and mellow.
  7. Bottling:
    • Once the chai mead has reached your desired level of clarity and flavor development, bottle it in clean, sanitized bottles.
    • Optionally, carbonate the mead by adding a small amount of priming sugar (follow a proper carbonation calculator) or bottle it still.
  8. Enjoy:
    • Chill the chai mead and serve it slightly chilled or at room temperature to experience the delightful fusion of chai spices with the sweetness of honey and the complexity of mead.

Experiment with different chai concentrate brands (we used Black Scottie Chai for this recipe) and spice combinations to tailor the chai mead to your taste preferences. With patience and creativity, you’ll create a unique and satisfying beverage that combines the best of chai and mead flavors.

The Final Sip: A World of Possibilities Awaits

So, chai lovers and mead makers, what are you waiting for? With a little creativity and experimentation, you can transform your favorite store-bought concentrate into a unique and flavorful chai mead. Black Scottie is here to be a part of that journey. Who knows, your next batch might just become your signature drink! What kind of unique chai mead will you create? Will you push the boundaries with exotic spices, or will you create a classic chai flavor profile with a smooth, honeyed finish? The possibilities are endless!

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