First batch of mead is underway! Two gallons, one will be straight mead and the other, a melomel, that is, a fruit added to the mead. I'm thinking raspberry/lemon. Primary fermentation should be done in about two weeks and then they need to be racked (transferred to more carboys while trying to filter out the dead yeast at the bottom) and then aged for another 2-4 months. And yes, old Carlo Rossi gallon jugs make excellent carboys!