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Old 08-19-2013, 02:37 AM   #1
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Default Commercial "Traditional Mead" for a newbie to try?

I'm a total brewing newbie (except for some fermented soda's... I make a decent lemon-ginger soda), and thinking about taking up some Mead making... Busily reading about Joe's Ancient Orange Mead in the Recipe forum.

I'm wondering if there's a "Traditional Mead" on the commercial market that a guy could try to see if he even LIKES the stuff!

I tried a Mead, a metheglin, I think, at a winery in North Dakota a few years ago - but didn't care so much for that one.... far too reminiscent of grass clippings. I'd love to try a "lightly sweet" mead reminiscent of... oh, I dunno... Honey?

Suggestions of a commercially available "traditional mead", that hobby mead-makers don't hate, to try out appreciated!

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Old 08-19-2013, 03:27 AM   #2
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Ha ha! The perennial quandary.......

The difference between meads as how they CAN be made as opposed to how they're made because that's how a commercial maker produces them because he thinks that's what the public want......

I can't suggest a brand of traditional you might find, I don't know what'd be available to you in your area. Most of the traditionals here seem to be firmly in the "Dessert" category. Cloyingly sweet with very high residual sugars. Not bad tasting over all just very, very sweet.

You might get some idea of what's actually produced if you look at the commercial area over at gotmead and then check out their websites and then find out if its available near you......

Just remember, the US has some very convoluted and strange regs for shipping alcoholic beverages that vary widely by state........


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Old 08-19-2013, 03:10 PM   #3
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Many thanks... I'm reading over at Gotmead now...
Trouble is, I don't know what's available in my area either. I've checked two reasonably well stocked liquor stores so far, and neither carry any meads. I haven't given up yet, though.
I'm looking more for a "slightly sweet" than a "damn... that's sweet!".
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #4
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I'm looking more for a "slightly sweet" than a "damn... that's sweet!".
Good luck! Unfortunately I'm on the other side of the country, so whats available to me, probably isn't to you. If you can get your hands on a Saphouse Meadery, than those I've found to be a little on the drier side. Or at least they have the perception of dryness. Be prepared to spend some $$$ on good mead though.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:48 AM   #5
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Try Redstone meadery if you can find it, It is the best of the commercial meads that I have tried. Couldn't remember the name so I had to go buy a bottle.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:04 AM   #6
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Pretty shure CA has more selection than most of the other states like mine with meads. Im new to mead and commercial mead buying. I would say,yeah alot of them are sweet and too sweet. I checked the gravity on Chaucers mead and it was 1.04. Im having one now that tastes like cherry syrup. Its Oliver cherry mead, I like their plain origional mead which is not as sweet as Chaucers but at least can taste the honey qualities as oposed to some of the fruit ones like Olivers,its just overwhelming cherry and I can imagine the stawberry one which Ill probably skip. I had a Diehocker(Austria?) limeblossom mead it was limey kinda sweet but less than the others and way too citrusy tart in finish but awesome lime to it. I spotted a fig mead that Ill be buying soon,again though Im suspecting it will be sweet. Then there is the viking Blod in those nifty heavy ceramic bottles which costs 28$. I know Ill end up getting it some day. Its like 18% abv or something though. And Ill definatly be reusing the bottle at that price.

My amature opinon seems to think they can taste alot like whitewine though.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:28 PM   #7
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B. Nektar is a very good local meadery in Michigan and apparently they are coming to California. Although I do not see Cali listed on their website yet.

http://beerpulse.com/2013/07/b-nekta...hern-soon-891/
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:51 PM   #8
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This past weekend I went to the NY renaissance fair. They were serving Carrolls mead. I'm not sure if they're local or nationwide. It was sweeter than I expected and more so than I care for but, maybe there's a Renaissance fair near where you live?

I also have a "Fairway Market" store not far and they have about 3-4 different meads for sale. I haven't tried them but as far as store bought goes, I haven't seen too many out there.
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I believe that you can find Moniack Mead in some areas. It seems its definitely imported but by whom? Don't know.

Tried some last weekend and its pretty damn good for a standard dessert type sweet traditional.......
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Moniack is definitely the best mead I've ever tried. And it's made right here in Scotland
Getting it is hard even here though...2 months I've been trying to get some from my usual supplier in Glasgow, and they've had problems apparently.

I'm about the start a mead in the next few days, will just be a plain one, but if anyone has a moniack-style mead recipe, I would really love to hear it.


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