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AudaciousAlechemist 07-17-2011 03:26 PM

Are there any commercial meads?
I really want to try one but haven't had any luck finding one..?

SafariBob 07-17-2011 03:53 PM

There are many. Do a Google search for "meadery" and you will find a bunch. Here are just a few:


Airborneguy 07-17-2011 05:20 PM

Unfortunately all of the meads I've found commercially are VERY expensive. I bought a 375ml bottle of an English Mead early this year for $27. Crazy. Have to start making my own soon...

Beezy 07-17-2011 05:30 PM

We don't get much in PA because the State handles the liquor. A meadery did open recently tho. Defo plan to make my own.

Guden 07-17-2011 05:33 PM

The sweet mead from White Winter Winery was just reviewed in Zymurgy, seems like they ship to many states too.


KevinM 07-17-2011 06:36 PM

B. Nektar does.

You should also check out any local wineries if you have them.

fatbloke 07-17-2011 09:12 PM

Well, whenever I read a Q like this, I get a little envious.

I tried 4 different commercially made meads about 3 years ago, as a bit of a half arsed test.

They were all "quite" nice, but not. There was plenty of depth of honey flavour in the 4 I tried, but they were all cloyingly sweet. When tested with a hydrometer, they all came out IRO 1.040, despite being 14% ABV. So they must have been, IMO, over sweetened. They were all quite "syrupy" in texture as well.

Almost as if the makers have decided that because they're made with honey, that's how they should be i.e. like alcoholic, watered down honey.

I like mine to have a final gravity of no more then 1.020..........



p.s. Oh and the envy is connected with having access to maker like Brad at B.Nektar, or even the stuff that Ian makes at Isaaks of Salem. Skilled makers who make a varied range etc etc, not like the "copy cat" syrupy sh1te that seems to be available here...... Glad I make my own!

Revvy 07-17-2011 09:14 PM

B. Nektar Meadery

Insomniac 07-18-2011 07:58 AM

Agree with fb for what we get over here. I found some I like from a farm shop, but they are overly sweet even for me. I didn't really notice it untill I started my own but I've got a bottle on the go now while I wait for mine to age a bit more and it's painfully sweet by comparison.

AudaciousAlechemist 07-18-2011 03:40 PM

Thanks! Guess I'll just look a little harder, I *should* be able to find one, we have a pretty good wine shop here that I bet'll have something..
Sounds like B Nektar is one I should try..?

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