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 What is Mead? How is it made?

What is Mead? How is it made?

Mead, or honey wine, is the oldest alcoholic drink known to man. In prehistoric times, honey would drip from bee hives and collect in pools of rain water. Wild yeast would consume the sugar and produce the nectar of the gods. Almost every civilization has lore and myths associated with the consumption of mead. As these civilizations grew, honey became less plentiful. A substitute source of fermentable sugar was needed to fill the thirsty demand for wine. It is not by chance that wine made from honey tastes very much like the grape based wines we drink today.

Most people expect a honey sweet, syrupy drink better suited for pancakes and not the light, dry clean flavor of fine white wine. This should be no surprise. It is not by accident that grape wine tastes so much like mead. Grape wine tastes like mead and not the other way around. There was a time when all wine was made of honey and the grape version was unknown. This was thousands and thousands of years ago when honey was plentiful and flowed like milk. The Land of Milk and Honey may be a reference to this point in history.

As the planet's population increased more and more; land was claimed for civilization and delicate honey bees suffered the ecological effects. Civilization always takes place in the best of locations. As the wilderness became tamed it also became less accessible. The affordable honey supply dried up and so did the wine vats. Faced with this ultimate crisis, a substitute for honey had to be found, but, it had to taste like mead. The grape emerged as the most economical substitute and cultivation of grapes became big business.

Making mead- Patience is the main ingredient while making mead. As it is easier but takes more time than making beer or wine. Our mead recipe kits couldn’t be easier to make. Basically, you just melt the honey (usually around 12 lbs.) into hot (but not boiling) water. After the mixture has cooled, pitch your yeast (White Labs or Wyeast highly recommended) and wait. Note that two-stage fermentation is required. Your 4 to 12 month wait will be rewarded with a beverage that will be between 10 and 15% alcohol.

Detailed instructions are included with each mead kit.

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