Sunday, 28 Jul 2013
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The Joys of Brewing Mead at Home

Brewing wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages at home has become an increasingly popular hobby in recent years. Mead, made by fermenting honey, is a great way to branch out and experience the joy of home brewing with a bit of a unique twist. Here are some reasons to try brewing mead at home.

-It’s easy.
The hardest part about brewing mead is having the patience to let it mature before you try it, as letting it mature in the bottle for six months to a year (more…)

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Sunday, 17 Apr 2011
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Easily and Quickly Find Mead-Brewing Information Online

Mead is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages known. Essentially, it is fermented honey, but it also can be much more than “only” fermented honey. Mead is expensive to buy, and given the issues our honeybees have been experiencing in the past few years, honey can be rather pricey in a chain supermarket as well. Those living closer to where beekeepers live and package their local honey can find Internet research to be quite slow if they also are beyond the reaches of DSL or cable service. Online research is much easier with a high speed internet service. If you’re in a rural area you can get fast internet from satellite providers such as provided at wildbluedeals.com/”>wildbluedeals.com. Access to local honey and access to effective searching allows the hobbyist mead brewer to simply enjoy the hobby – and its results.

In its most basic form, mead is a fermented blend of four parts water to one part honey – i.e., one gallon of water to one quart (32 ounces) of honey. To this the brewer adds yeast and keeps the fermentation process under control for several weeks, periodically transferring the in-process mead to a new bottle to separate the mixture from the old yeast that falls out to the bottom of the bottle. Flavors can be introduced at the beginning of the brewing process, bringing citrus, cinnamon, vanilla or other flavors to the finished mead product.

Mead brewing requires little specialized equipment. Much of what the hobbyist needs can be found at home, and the rest is readily available online like at beerdude.com. I’m a fan of that site because of its no-frills approach and the fact that I use up a lot of my bandwidth allotment on youtube videos.

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Thursday, 31 Mar 2011
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Make Some Mead In a Cheap And Easy Way

Mead is a delicious and wonderful wine that is made from honey instead of grapes and is very easy to make. However, you’d have to purchase few items like glass carboy and airlock for getting started.
Ingredients that you will have to purchase from the market:
One Gallon Spring Water
A bag of balloons large enough to stretch over the mouth of jug
A box of raisins
One packet of Fleishmann’s Yeast
Three pounds honey that is pure and unprocessed
One Orange

Process:

Pour half of water in the container and slice up orange and put these slices, 25 raisins, (more…)

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Thursday, 7 Oct 2010
Meaderies
Modern meaderies you need to see

Mead-making was once a commonly-known practice, but today is regarded as an art form. While not exactly a crowded field, many meaderies have distinguished themselves as modern masters. If you ever get the chance to stop by one of these sites, take it, and experience a drink that has thrilled mankind for millennia.Redstone Meadery: Redstone shares its locationBoulder, Coloradowith the site of the Mazer Cup International, the annual mead competition. The meadery has placed in many awards competitions, including the 2006 International Mead Festival, the 2005 Colorado State Fair, and the 2004 Colorado Mountain Wine Festival. Founder David Myers opened Redstone back in 2000 and today runs it with his wife Madoka. (more…)

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Thursday, 30 Sep 2010
Mythology
Mead: a god-given gift

The first mead was discovered as a natural phenomenon, probably by bush cultures in Africa. Over the years, different groups have made their own legends surrounding the creation of the honeyed beverage. One of the most interesting originated in the proto-Norse culture. Their explanation was tied in to the story of the first man, Kvasir, who was formed when the gods and goddesses ended years of warfare by spitting in a jar. The result of this mystical expectoration turned out to have all the wisdom of the nine Norse worlds. Kvasir was eventually killed by two dwarves, who added honey to his blood (if you saw that coming, congratulations). This was the first mead, which granted Kvasir’s wisdom and powers of poetry to anyone who drank it. Now who said the ancient Norsemen didn’t have a soft side?

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Thursday, 23 Sep 2010
Internet
Got Mead? If not, you’re about to

The fact that the Mazer Cup International, the world’s premier mead competition, can still be held regularly is due to generous sponsors. GotMead.com is one of the largest of these, and is definitely the mead community’s favorite internet resource. Members of the community interact regularly on the Discussion Boards, exchanging recipes, tips, favorite ingredients, and more.Newcomers to the world of mead making are welcome to jump in feet-first and get started interacting with fellow fans. GotMead.com also features plenty of reference information to help out the man or woman off the street. According to their home page, it’s possible to go from zero to hero and produce your first batch of mead in just over two months. (more…)

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Thursday, 16 Sep 2010
Guides
Books for the aspiring home mead-maker

As with any hobby, there are a number of how-to books on the “art of mead-making.” That term signifies the complexity of the skillwhile it’s important to follow a basic set of directions, it’s equally important for true artists to put their own spin on it. Thankfully, there are several guides that will lead the prospective mead-maker to a place where they feel comfortable experimenting with their finished product.

  1. The Compleat Meadmaker by Ken Schramm: Schramm has created a truly extensive handbook that runs only a little over 200 pages. The majority of the book is devoted to the actual process and ingredients that go into the perfect batch of mead, including “Yeast and Fermentation,” “Conditioning, Aging, and Using Oak,” “All About Honey,” “Fruit and Melomel,” and more. Published in 2003, the book still holds up today. (more…)
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