What does mead taste like? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > What does mead taste like?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-02-2009, 02:37 PM   #1
bmbox12
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Iola, Wisconsin
Posts: 76
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts



I am interested in making some mead, I have an ample supply of pure maple syrup and a neighbor who has bees. I know this will be a dumb question but never having tasted mead what does it taste like? Is it like a wine or beer or brandy or ?????

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2009, 02:44 PM   #2
Clonefarmer
Recipes 
 
May 2008
Springfield, MA
Posts: 1,329
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Tastes like a sweet, delicate, floral wine. Depending on how it's made it can be sweet or dry.
__________________
"Just remember Scooty Puff Jr. sucks!"....Philip J. Fry

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2009, 04:12 PM   #3
bubbachunk
 
bubbachunk's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Cincinnati
Posts: 645
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts


wine and it can taste however you want it to really. It depends on what you are adding, what type of honey etc.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2009, 04:26 PM   #4
Lunarpancake
 
Lunarpancake's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Monmouth County NJ
Posts: 408
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


mmmm sounds delicious. Considering the wife and wives of friends enjoy the sweeter wines it looks like ill have to brew a batch of mead soon.....especially since its pretty high in ABV%

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2009, 04:31 PM   #5

People who have never had mead always seem to think of it as some sort of sweet golden nectar. That can be the case but mead can taste like anything, depending upon how it's made and the ingredients being used. It can taste like anything from dry red wine to pancake syrup and everything in between. It can be red, orange, purple, clear, blush, sweet, sour, sparkling, still or any combination you can imagine. Try it - you may occasionally be disappointed but you'll never be bored.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2009, 06:22 PM   #6
malkore
 
malkore's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 37 Times on 35 Posts


don't pour maple syrup in to your mead....not your first mead at least.
__________________
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

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2009, 06:31 PM   #7
3 Dog Brew
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
3 Dog Brew's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
Houston, TX
Posts: 291
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts


Quote:
don't pour maple syrup in to your mead....not your first mead at least.
Agreed. having made several meads now, if I had to do it all over again, I would start with one of the Curt and Kathy Stock mead kits supplied by Northern Brewer. They have some straightforward techniques that they supply you for the cost of the kit. Once you've done it once from a kit you will always know the steps that work and then can branch out from there.
__________________
3 Dog Brewery - "Sit, Stay. Good Beer!"
www.3dogbrew.com
3 Dog Blog 3DogBrew/Blogspot.com
Follow 3 Dog Brewery on Facebook

I am a Homebrewer on YouTube --- Motorized Mill Station

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2009, 05:41 AM   #8
Kauai_Kahuna
Recipes 
 
May 2008
Hawaii
Posts: 2,274
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts


Well, I have made many meads, from sweet to super dry (which I prefer). Up until the last two years they never lasted long, some how all the bottles disappeared when ever friends came over. Fixed that by changing the locks and becoming the hermit while I build up the pipeline.
But I have never tasted any commercial mead that was worth it's cost.
I finally found a redstone traditional mead at a local wine store and snapped one up. For $25 I hope it is worth it. I'll be cracking it open when and if I can get some friends over for a beer / mead / cider / wine tasting in a few months. But I need to get an un-tappable lock for my store room, if there is such a thing.
Until then, it is taunting me in the fridge, just like all of my other meads that I have ageing.
__________________
---
In Primary: Belgium Chimay clones.
In Secondary: Braggot, pale ale, end of the world white.
Conditioning: Mead, Cider, braggot, Belgium Wheat.
On Tap: Clones, Chimay Blue, Red, Porter, malted cider.
Bottles: Far, far, too many to list.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2009, 10:24 AM   #9
fatbloke
 
fatbloke's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2006
UK - South Coast.
Posts: 2,698
Liked 182 Times on 167 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Kauai_Kahuna View Post
-----%<-----
But I have never tasted any commercial mead that was worth it's cost.
I finally found a redstone traditional mead at a local wine store and snapped one up. For $25 I hope it is worth it. I'll be cracking it open when and if I can get some friends over for a beer / mead / cider / wine tasting in a few months. But I need to get an un-tappable lock for my store room, if there is such a thing.
Until then, it is taunting me in the fridge, just like all of my other meads that I have ageing.
Ditto on your first sentence KK. Over here, all the commercial meads seem to be "dessert mead". I tried 4 different ones last year, none of them were bad, but they were all cloyingly sweet. I measured gravity on them all and they showed between 1030 and 1040.

Now whether that was the plan/idea/intention, to produce "dessert" meads, or whether it's the makers idea of the public perception (honey being very sweet, so mead must be very sweet, but with alcohol), I don't know.

I wouldn't buy any of them again, but it wouldn't stop me trying others......
__________________
"What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away". Tom Waits.

Oh, and here's some blog stuff!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2009, 01:06 PM   #10
bmbox12
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Iola, Wisconsin
Posts: 76
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts


Thanks guys!!! I think it will make a good upcoming project.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What should a fermenting mead taste like? aardvark Mead Forum 9 12-03-2009 06:27 AM
A taste of my own mead Nerro Mead Forum 7 10-28-2008 10:48 AM
curious about mead taste. kornbread Mead Forum 21 08-07-2008 06:29 PM
Mead: What does it taste like/goes well with..? beergears Mead Forum 6 04-27-2008 04:24 AM
Young mead taste? Fire_travels Mead Forum 3 03-09-2007 02:03 AM


Forum Jump