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funkydrummer88 04-11-2008 05:51 PM

How do you make mead, as compared to beer?
 
I want to make mead. What is a basic recipe, that I can add fruit to, if I want to experiment to make a nice mead? I know how to brew beer, so relating the steps to that will help a lot. For instance, how long do i have to ferment it, boil it, bottle-age it, etc, any differences in yeast starting, etc.

etp777 04-11-2008 05:58 PM

JAO (Joe's Ancient Orange and Spice) Mead is HIGHLY suggested by many for your first mead. It's dead simple to make, ingredients are easy to find, and it makes an easy drinking mead that doesn't require you to wait a year (or 5) for it to age. You can find the recipe and a lot of discussion, covering most any of your questions, here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f80/joes-ancient-orange-mead-49106/

FatDuc 04-11-2008 06:01 PM

Don't pass up on Malkore's recipe either:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f80/malkores-not-so-ancient-orange-mead-50201/

BigKahuna 04-11-2008 06:01 PM

Before you go here to look at recipies:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f80/

Go here and read Young Grasshopper:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Mead

Most everyone recommends NOT boiling your honey. It drives off some of the delicate flavors. Other than that...I's Kind of a warm water, honey, + Other Ingredients..aerate well...then pitch yeast.
In the Complete Mead Maker, they say you get the most versatility by adding fruit to the secondary.

etp777 04-11-2008 06:03 PM

Wasn't directed to me, but thanks for the wiki link, Bigkahuna, I've missed that one. Read everything on gotmead.com, but hadn't seen this one yet.


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