Ymir’s Blood (Blueberry Melomel)

Blueberry Mead

Ymir’s Blood (Blueberry Melomel) and the background for the mead is as… Aurgelmir, also called Ymir, in Norse mythology, the first being, a giant who was created from the drops of water that formed when the ice of Niflheim met the heat of Muspelheim. Aurgelmir was the father of all the giants; a male and a female grew under his arm, and his legs produced a six-headed son.

Ýmir also means “twin” ; and Aurgelmer. It was the body that created heaven and earth. From the beginning there was chaos, but in the tension between the melting drops from Nifelheim and the sparks from Muspelhem the enormous bisexual Ymer rised. Out of the armpit sweat and feet’s of Ymir the Frost Giants (Rimtusarna) was born.

Ymir's sucking mead from Audhumbla
Ymer suckle Audhumbla, painting by Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard

Audhumbla had a grandson that produced three sons. They killed Ymir and the blood flow was so big that almost all the Frost Giants drowned in it.

That’s the background for Ymir’s Blood.

Ymir’s Blood (Blueberry Melomel) Recipe

  • 2.8 Kg Honey
  • 1.5 liter Brunneby blueberry concentrate
  • 1.8 Kg Blueberry

OG 1145*
FG 1013
ABV% 18 (expected)
10 Liters

I measured before I added the Blueberries so I am estimating the OG (I’m sure the yeast did everything before dying at 18%ABV)

Ymir's Blood (Blueberry Melomel)


I split the batch in two.

  • Batch 1: I had Jim Beam soaked in Oak chips for 2 years or more which I added together with 190ml Maple Syrup in a 5L carboy.
  • Batch 2: I added Cinnamon and Ginger to the remaining 5L batch.

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Heiðrún theGoat

Heiðrún, the goat on the hall that stands, eateth off læráth's limbs; the crocks she fills with clearest mead, will that drink not e'er be drained.