I had a near emergency and didn't get to whole foods ( I discovered the preservatives in my cider about an hour before a planned brew time with my daughter). I actually purchased the cider at Harris Teeter and don't recall the brand. I'll see if I can find out what it was. I can tell that I am now at 2 weeks and the fermenter has only slowed a little to about every 4 seconds now on the airlock. I do know that almost all the mead brewers do not boil the honey or the cider for that matter, but I had a recipe from a published book of award winning brews (beer and mead), so I thought I would stay true to the recipe (which called for an hour long boil). I will report the outcome and plan to sample a little between racking . I do appreciate the tips and plan to try this again. Maybe next time with no boil and compare the difference.
Joe in CT, curious, how much honey do your bees produce?