Originally Posted by dbsmith
I've considered trying to make it but I haven't mainly because:
a) I don't know what good mead is supposed to taste like.
and b) The yeast situation (lack of nutrients) and aging seems a bit intimidating..not to mention good honey isn't the cheapest ingredient out there.
If you want to know what good mead tastes like, the best way to do it is make it yourself!
I'm not saying you're an expert mazer or a prodigy with hidden talent, but if you follow the instructions to a simple recipe, I would hope it will answer your questions on the taste of mead.
Since you already brew beer (which I'm guessing you do after looking at your profile), then you should have most of the equipment to make a mead (carboy, airlock, siphoning/bottling). I'd suggest making Joe's Ancient Orange Mead
. It should only set you back around $20-$30 for ingredients. I wouldn't worry about getting 'good' honey. Grocery store or Sam's Club honey will do. The yeast is easy to manage and it's 2 months aging is not much compared to higher-end meads.