All About Mead




Mead or honeywine, has often been referred to as the “nectar of the gods” and has been known to be a traditional favorite among fermented drinks throughout history.

Resources available on this topic are vast and plenty. We have compiled this list of some of the best resources available on the web to provide you with everything you need to know to make delicious mead right in your own home.

Types Of Mead

While mead is traditionally made from honey, various modifications have been made to the original recipe over the years. Resulting in an abundance of different variations based on the ingredients, flavors and spices that were used in the brewing process.

Some variations of mead are:

  • Metheglin (has a variety of spices for flavor)
  • Hyppocras (spiced pyment)
  • Braggot (the mead is fermented with malt grains)
  • Cyser (mead fermented with apples)
  • Sack Mead (very high in alcohol content)
  • Pyment (fermented with grapes)
  • Melomel (fermented with fruits)

Types of Honey

The type of honey that is used can greatly affect the finished product when it comes to mead brewing. There are many different subtle flavors that can be produced in your mead depending on what particular type of honey you use. Since bees in different zones pollinate different types of flowers in their local area, their honey can produce different hints of roses, wildflowers or whatever source they happen to be close to.

More

http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/honey/types4.asp

http://www.honeyo.com/types.shtml

http://www.honey-for-health.com/types-of-honey.html

How to Make Mead

Making mead is a fun and rewarding activity that doesn’t require a lot money or space. If you store honey (which you really should) this is a good way to put the old, crystalized honey that’s been sitting on the shelf to good use. Although the process is relatively simple, it never hurts to have some direction. Check out these guides for more:

Brewing Guides

Quick and Easy

http://www.homebrewmart.com/meadinst.html

http://www.razebrewing.com/go2/mead_making_101/

http://oldworldwine.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_make_mead

http://www.jimandsandi.com/mead.html

Advanced and Detailed

http://www.audioholics.com/news/editorials/making-the-perfect-honey-mead

http://oysterfoodandculture.com/2009/06/05/mead-sweet-sweet-nectar/

http://www.bijlmakers.com/wine/mead.htm

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Mead

http://morebeer.com/public/pdf/wmead.pdf

Mead Making Videos

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Mead

http://www.stormthecastle.com/mead/mead-making-video-tutorial.htm

http://videos.wittysparks.com/id/2392458344/

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-sanitize-your-mead-making-equipment-248675/

http://www.home-beer-making.com/beer-brewing/homebrew-video/basic-brewing-video-elderflower-ale-and-elderberry-mead-february-24-2010/457/

Delicious Mead Recipes

This site has some really unique and interesting mead recipes that include variations of several spices and additives.

More Recipes

http://cloudberryquark.blogspot.com/2007/04/ginger-mead.html

http://www.brewery.org/library/beeslees.html

http://www.stormthecastle.com/mead/mead-recipes.htm

http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_rapidrecipe&Itemid=6

Books

Making Mead: A Complete Guide to the Making of Sweet & Dry Mead, Melomel, Metheglin, Hippocras, Pyment & Cyser

Making Wild Wines & Meads: 125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & More

You can even purchase a pre-assembled Mead Making Kit that includes everything you need to get started on your first batch of homemade mead.

Additional Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mead

http://www.makemead.net/

http://www.oldwestbrew.com/basic_meadmaking.htm

 




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