Ss Brewtech’s Biggest Baddest Holiday Giveaway Ever!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > mead making differences from beer
Thread Tools
Old 05-05-2010, 01:38 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ashevillle
Posts: 69
Default mead making differences from beer

Just something that I have noticed in reading over some of the threads here in the mead section.

It seems that there is much more adding stuff during the brewing/aging process.

Such as racking onto honey, string/agitation after fermentation has started, topping off with some water, racking onto raisins(or other fruit), or adding herbs/spices later in the process.

Why are these processes more acceptable in the various forms of Mead making than they are in beer making.



BillyGHusk is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2010, 10:19 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
malkore's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 34 Times on 32 Posts
Likes Given: 9


Not everyone racks on to more honey.
Not everyone stirs after fermentation starts.
Not everyone tops off, racks on to raises or other fruit, or adds herbs and spices.

You're making a few too many generalizations.

There are many styles of beer (stout, pale ale, witbier, etc) and there are many styles of mead (metheglin, melomel, pyment, etc).

Spend more time reading and you'll see there's as much variation in beer making as mead making as wine making.

Ask a dozen brewers how do to a process and you'll get 15 answers, and they'll probably all work fine.
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
malkore is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2010, 10:22 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
AZ_IPA's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: The Cold Part of AZ
Posts: 48,486
Liked 7472 Times on 6197 Posts
Likes Given: 1321


malkore makes good points.

In its simplest, mead is as simple as Mr. Beer.

honey + water + yeast.

That's the nice part about mead - you can make it as simple or complex (or both!) as you want.
AZ_IPA is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
So I want to try making some mead, what else do I need to know? humann_brewing Mead Forum 24 04-25-2010 03:02 AM
Went to beer after lots of mead making... MarcJWaters General Beer Discussion 1 11-03-2009 06:04 PM
I'm making some mead Brewsinn Mead Forum 4 09-17-2009 02:24 PM
So I'm Thinking About Making a Mead... jeremy13586 Mead Forum 5 07-08-2008 04:35 AM
What are the Main Differences Between Wine and Beer Making? mew Wine Making Forum 4 11-15-2006 08:04 PM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads