Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > Never tried Mead Questions.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-10-2008, 12:52 PM   #1
russb123
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 55
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Never tried Mead Questions.

1. Is mead made commercially so I can try some to get an idea what they are like? If not, why? Is it an aquired taste that most consumers do not enjoy?

2. Is it hard to make? I see it takes 4-12 months, if you screw up that is alot of wasted time.

3. Do you bottle mead like beer or wine?

4. Is there anything else someone that has never tried/made mead should know?

__________________
russb123 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-10-2008, 01:09 PM   #2
will_cbe
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 199
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

1. Yes. Go to your local wine store and ask where they keep it.
2. No. It's easier than beer, it just takes FOREVER before it's ready to drink. 9-18 months minimum.
3. Take your pick. I prefer putting it in 1L pop bottles.
4. Make sure to add nutrient to the must. And watch out for vikings breaking into your home like those Capital One commercials.

__________________

Will
www.comicsbyemail.com
Fermenting: Blackberry Wine
Aging: Mulberry Wine, Mint Mead, Dandelion Wine, Mesquite Mead
Drinking: Apfelwein
On Hand: Peach Mango Wine, Huck's Cider, Mulberry Mead, Orange Spice Mead, Cyser, Apfelwein, Maple Cinnamon Mead, Hard Cider, Brown Sugar Cider

will_cbe is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-10-2008, 01:22 PM   #3
BigKahuna
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BigKahuna's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Eastern Colorado
Posts: 5,942
Liked 48 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Good Answer!
The only other thing I'd recommend is that if you try a bottle from the store, and you don't like it, you should try another....and another. There are plenty of BAD brands out there, and plenty of good.
2 of the Colorado Meaderies that are very good are:Meadery of the Rockies, and Redstone Meadery. Both produce a nice mead. For the cost of a bottle, you can make a gallon.

__________________
Seriously. I'm here for BEER
It's Not The Size Of Your Rig That Counts....It's How Often You Use It.
BigKahuna is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-10-2008, 01:26 PM   #4
Tusch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Spring Valley, Ohio
Posts: 1,381
Liked 9 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Kahuna is 100% right, don't think you don't mead because you don't like what you buy at the store. I bought three different brands, all of which I at least disliked. Then I bought a bottle from Redstone and it was fantastic. Granted, while I was tasting I was already several weeks into 3 different batches of homebrew mead, trusting in my fellow mead maker telling me whatever you make is home is going to be good.

As long as you are sanitary, then its hard to screw up too much.

__________________
Meads: Hababero and Sarrano Capiscumel, Show Mead possibly getting split and flavored, and 12 gallons of Bochet Deliciousness
Ciders:3 Ciders with differing additives TBD, Strawberry/Apple Cider
Wine: Black Cherry Vanilla Port
Tusch is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-10-2008, 01:53 PM   #5
russb123
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 55
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Thank you all for the replies, this forum has been great for me!

I have another question:

Is the bulk of the time to make a mead bottle aging? How long do you spend creating it before it becomes hands off?

__________________
russb123 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-10-2008, 02:00 PM   #6
Tusch
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Spring Valley, Ohio
Posts: 1,381
Liked 9 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Well its a really hands off hobby. Get it all set up, and fermenting. Some people like to do scheduled nutrition additions, but after that its good to go. Rack into secondary at between 1.00 and 1.02. Then just sit back and enjoy. The vast majority of the time is just aging in secondary/tirtiary etc whatever you want.

Some people do like to rack it every month or two, just to get it off the lees, but it isn't always necessary

__________________
Meads: Hababero and Sarrano Capiscumel, Show Mead possibly getting split and flavored, and 12 gallons of Bochet Deliciousness
Ciders:3 Ciders with differing additives TBD, Strawberry/Apple Cider
Wine: Black Cherry Vanilla Port
Tusch is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-10-2008, 02:10 PM   #7
Brandon O
Knapsnatchio
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Brandon O's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Tempe
Posts: 1,238
Liked 34 Times on 10 Posts

Default

if you want mead comercially get the redrock meadery brand.

It is good and it is also what you could expect to make yourself.

__________________
Brandon O is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-10-2008, 02:33 PM   #8
homebrewer_99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,951
Liked 84 Times on 74 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

"Bunratty Mead" from Ireland is basically white wine with mead added so don't think that's what mead is all about.

__________________
HB Bill
homebrewer_99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-10-2008, 10:44 PM   #9
malkore
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
malkore's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 32 Times on 30 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

Redrock Mead is the ONLY mead I've heard of from multiple, educated sources, that's worth trying. You may spend $30 for a bottle of it if you can find it.

mead is easy to make. honey, water, yeast nutrient AND energizer, and yeast. wait a month, then rack it to clear for another month then bottle.

that's the super simplistic view, but it works. most will advise against boiling the honey. I don't boil it.

the aging is the hard part....you can end up with 6 kinds of mead in a short time frame, none of it at peak flavor for a year or more.

__________________
Malkore
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10
malkore is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-10-2008, 11:53 PM   #10
Baumgartner
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Posts: 95
Default

White Winter Winery also has some decent meads.

__________________
Baumgartner is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First mead questions cstewart Mead Forum 2 09-11-2009 02:38 PM
First mead, few questions mkultra69 Mead Forum 3 05-04-2008 02:51 PM
My 1st Mead w/ questions NewBlood Mead Forum 10 12-19-2007 07:42 PM
mead questions,, HELP!! the butcher Mead Forum 3 11-26-2006 05:19 PM
Mead Questions McGrath Brewery Mead Forum 5 02-02-2006 10:40 AM