Originally Posted by Teromous
Thanks for the heads up on where to look for commercial meads. My buddy went up to Norway for a bit and tried some mead, but didn't like it. Like Bill, I'd like to try some before brewing. So my list is:
Right now I'm reading a book on mead called "The Compleat Meadmaker". Even if I don't end up likeing mead that much I'd like to try making it at least once.
That is actually the BEST book out there for making mead. Try the sweet show mead recipie. I use a variation of it in my mead. Tweeked here and there. But it is the best book for making mead. Hands down. You have the right book. That plus a little advice from websites and you will make meads that fit your taste in no time. I have only had one batch of mead turn out not to my taste but my freinds liked it. It was a Watermellon mead that gave an off taste at the end that was described to me as taking a bite of the rind, not all that unpleasant for some.
If you are looking for a very sweet drink then Chaucers is your choice. You can easily make a better mead. Rocky Mountain Meadery makes a good sweet mead but to me it tastes slightly soapy.
The one suggestion I would give for making good mead is to to pay attention to sanitation. Sanitize your tools every time they touch your product before and clean them afterward. You won't go wrong.
Oh, I also would say that it does not take 5 years to age mead. 6 months to 1 year aging after it clears is just fine. Some meads are drinkable at bottling time but slightly astringent due to the fuelsol alcohols. Tasting "Hot" or of alcohol.
They say that bulk aging is better and quicker but I don't know. Also Oaking the mead makes it tastier quicker too.
Hope this makes more understandable. Saying that you don't like mead by tasting only one is like saying that you don't like vegtables and fruit by tasting one bad apple. Just too much variety can be had with mead.