Ersatz Mead

1 gallon spring water
1 empty water jug
1 balloon
Simple syrup (2 cups water, 2.5-3 cups sugar) cooled
(I used syrup that had cranberry infused into it for flavor, previously used to sweeten cranberries while dehydrating)(need to bump up the concentration of flavoring)
@1 cup brown sugar

Make the simple syrup, pour into empty Jug, add @ 1/2 gallon of the spring water.
Shake well.
Add the brown sugar and yeast, shake well.
Add the rest of the water, leave some headspace in the jug. Shake well and place a balloon over the mouth.

Place in a room temperature place for at least a month, preferably two. (See above for notes)