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Old 11-18-2010, 04:00 AM   #1
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I am making Joe's quick grape mead. I just racked for the first time, and tried a little bit. I have never tasted mead before...but this was amazing! I am trying to have some self-control here and wait another 2 weeks for aging. I can't imagine what that will taste like.

I want to make more meads, but honey is soooo expensive! Where can I get good honey for cheap? Do you think $10 for 2.5 lbs is the best deal I can get?

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Old 11-18-2010, 04:04 AM   #2
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walmart (great value) brand honey is pure honey. $7 for 3 lbs. it's what i use for my meads

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Old 11-18-2010, 04:38 AM   #3
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yes, i like that price a bit better!

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Your best bet is to find a local honey guy. I stumbled upon mine and just bought 3 gallons of honey for $99, which I think is a decent deal.

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It's pretty expensive in the UK, too. There is a honey farm locally that vends both self-produced and imported stuff. The cheapest honey they have is "blended" which is a little over £5 (~$8) for 3lbs but own honey is twice that. My favourite is "Greek honey" which weighs in at a mighty £12 (~$20) for 3lbs.

As with the US, supermarket honey can be pretty cheap. Asda ("part of the Walmart family") own brand is about £3 (~$5) for 3lbs. I haven't really tried it, but I might have a go when making a mead that has another, overriding flavour.

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Another option is to try the Amish, if you have an Amish community near you. You can often get good prices from them.

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Your best bet is to find a local honey guy. I stumbled upon mine and just bought 3 gallons of honey for $99, which I think is a decent deal.
+1 to trying to find a local apiary and buying in some bulk. Invest in some cheap gallon jugs of wine a la Carlo Rossi and you can use these as containers to divvy out amounts easier to work with. Another option is quart size mason jars which you can pick up fairly cheaply in many places.

And 3 gals (~36 lbs) for $99 is a pretty good deal...I pay $200 for 5 gals from my local beekeeper, so that's about 50 cents cheaper per pound!
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I'll be making my first mead tomorrow, with honey from my first harvest from my backyard hive. I harvested five gallons four months after establishing the hive. I'm planning on making at least one batch of mead from each honey harvest and giving the rest of the honey to friends and family.

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Craigslist is a great place to find local honey and a local beekeeper.

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Local varies greatly; the most expensive honey I've ever seen was local, and wasn't anything to brag about, and the cheapest honey I've found of late is also local and is raw/unfiltered and the best I've ever had. Granted, when I refer to the quality, that's heavily skewed by my own personal tastes.

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