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The Compleat Meadmaker

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The Compleat Meadmaker

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Mead (honey wine) is the new buzz among beverage hobbyists as more and more consumers start to make their own. This up-to-date title tells the novice how to begin and the experienced brewer or winemaker how to succeed in this oldest of the beverage arts with easy to follow procedures and simple recipes. 212 Pages.
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Author Ken Schramm

4.6 / 5.0
17 Reviews
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Logorrheic and pedantic
Reads like a grad school thesis padded to meet the length requirement. Dense and stilted; in half the space it could have contained all the same information and had room left over for a few hundred more recipes. This might be helpful for someone who churns out a dozen batches a year, but for a beginner it is excessively and inappropriately vague. Here is the crux of the melomel chapter: "you can add fruit or juice to your mead, but it's difficult to say how much because everyone's tastes are different." ...and he took 19 pages to say it.

The grape chapter is similar, as is spice chapter. You just saved yourself 60 pages tedious "I can't tell you what to do".

Another hint about beginners: they aren't going to be travelling halfway across the country to look up one of the artisanal honey suppliers referenced; they're going to go to the local warehouse super store and buy two mega-jugs of Sue-Bee for half [or less] the price. Save the two pages of trivial distinctions between honey sources for the hypernosmic snob. Beginners won't use this.

Beginners don't need a ponderous treatise full of data; they need to know what to do. "What" is answered by recipes, of which there are a grand total of 11 - at the far end of the book.

Next they need to know how to do it. Let's face it: "how" is not terribly difficult. Iron age bumpkins who knew nothing about biology or chemistry managed to make mead, so an average high school graduate can be told how in less than the 150 pages Schramm takes. Those curious about experimenting also need to why. "Why" can be understood by a 7th-grader with a short course on the relevant biology and chemistry.

Choose a different book to start your mead making hobby.
April 16, 2017
Truly the complete mead maker!
Hands down the best book for mead makers. You can't get any better than Ken Schramm. If you want to make the best mead possible this is the book I have gained so much information it is a little overwhelming!
January 4, 2016
Good all around material
If you want to make Mead this is the book. Its got all the basics, and some of the advanced material. The only thing it lacks is the staggered nutrient editions that you can search for.
March 29, 2014
Good book about mead making
I enjoyed reading it and learned about mead making. If you have experience making wine then a lot in this book you already know. Even so it's worth reading.
January 17, 2014
good but dated
Since wring this book the author has written about staggered nutrient additions which are the key to modern mead making. Using SNA you can speed up the process from years to months. A mead maker using just this book will need to supplement their reading with additional articles.
December 17, 2013
Good overview
Its a good book, with plenty of background and some recipes. But it's a little outdated and is missing the absolutely vita staggered nutrient additions that the author wrote about later on (published in Zymurgy). The SNA is a vital part of mead making, shorten the process from 1+ years to a few months.
November 25, 2013
Important redaing for mead makers
If you want to make mead it's worth reading the book. All kinds of things are written about, the most important being the staged nutrient additions. You can cut your fermentation time from a year to a couple of months, and clear with gelatin._x000D_The author loves bee keepers and even suggests you meet some and hang out with them.
October 9, 2013
All bout everything to do with Mead
The author talks about honey, bees, what bees eat, fermentation, history, and of course Mead making. Its a really good book and it has recipes at the back for all kinds of variations. Pyments, Cyser, Melomel, etc.
September 3, 2013
Great book
This is a great book. Never having made mead before, I needed the basics. This book has helped me learn about mead from a starting point and has information that will help me for years to come. Explains the different honeys to use and why. It even have has recipes for quite a few brews! This is a one stop book. I love it!
July 9, 2013
How to make good mead, and how to fix it
The book goes beyond basic mead making. It covers how to make blends and other types of meads (pyment, perry, braggot, melomel, and cyser), and how to fix a mead that didnt turn out well. Maybe it's too dry - add some mead saved from a stuck fermentation. A lot of good ideas here.
July 5, 2013
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does this book have recipes?
Roger V on Jun 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this book contains mead recipes.

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