Originally Posted by goodoldnord
Excuse me kind sirs,
Where can i get a mead brewing kit of worthy repute?
A few online places have kits but most of them have odd propietary ingredients in them that they don't really tell you what it is or why youre using them, and cheap bland honey.
as stated above, really to get yourself started all you need is Honey, Water, Yeast, Nutrient, Carboy, Hydrometer, Thermometer, Airlock, Sanitizer, and HBT to answer questions.
#1 How much do you want to make? that will determine how much of the ingredients and the size fermenter you need (nothing wrong with starting off witha 1 gallon wine bottle if that's what you have available)
For honey, 3-3.5 pounds per gallon is kind of the rule of thumb find something that tastes really good, be cautious of many supermarket brand ones, some are good, some are bland and boring (which means the mead likely will be too)
For yeast, I like lalvin strains personally, they are consistant and reliable and cheap at most homebrew stores or online at about $1 a pack.
Water, if your tap water tastes good and isn't chlorinated, you're good to go if it's crappy, cheap bottle spring water is a good bet.
Nutrients, you have the option of picking up a nutrient blend at the Homebrew store (ask for one with nitrogen components) or can get nutrient and energizer. or you can go the natural route and add the ever popular handful of chopped raisins.
Sanitizer, you can use a very diluted bleach solution or pick up some starsan (my favorite) online or at a homebrew store.
Sanitize everything youre using and even some extra stuff is always a good practice. And keeping detailed notes is invaluable.
Thermometer for making sure youre rehydration and pitching temps are in range.
Hydrometer, really the only way to tell what your potential alcohol will be and if your fermentation is going and when it is done.
Airlock, lets the CO2 out, keeps bad crap from floating in.
simple recipes, simple techniques (can discuss those further later) a straghtforward "traditional" mead is a great place to start to learn how to make mead.
All that being said there is the other route.....
You're going to have many people suggest the JAOM recipe. Which is fine, but it should be in a category of it's own, I suppose if youre looking for the simplest, closest thing to a set it and forget it kit, that would be JAOM. You can go to any grocery store, get the cheapest honey, bread yeast, oranges, raisins, some cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves, dump it in a bucket, shake it up, dump the yeast on top, and put it some where for a couple months and forget it. You will have a very sweet offset by bitter orange pith mead that has a very pretty color. It's a good way to make a mead if you are not interested in the art of mead making, just want something tasty to drink with minimal work.