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.
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:
Quick and Easy
Advanced and Detailed
Mead Making Videos
Delicious Mead Recipes
This site has some really unique and interesting mead recipes that include variations of several spices and additives.
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.