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Old 12-22-2005, 10:01 PM   #1
McGrath Brewery
Oct 2005
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Bought a bottle of mead with my friend the other day and loved it. Im hoping to make one myself but i was wondering:
Where do i get that much honey from? and do you have to use fruit in mead?

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Old 12-23-2005, 02:00 AM   #2
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Oct 2005
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Bulk honey: "natural" food stores, wholesalers, bee keepers.

Many people start with small batches, 4-5 liters. Most meads do not use fruit. Melomel is a mead brewed with fruit. If the fruit is apples (or pears), however, then it is a Cyser.
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Old 12-23-2005, 02:13 PM   #3
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Northern Brewers has a nice selection of mead kits
Life is to short and the liver can only handle so much, so why waste it on bad beer.

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Old 12-23-2005, 10:21 PM   #4
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I use 7 lbs (about 3/4 gal) to an entire gal for a 5 gal batch. Others want a higher alcoholic brew and use 2 gals.

That's a waste to me. I'd rather brew something many people will like versus myself and 3 others.

I pay $18.00 for 1 gallon (12 lbs).
HB Bill

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Old 01-16-2006, 11:18 AM   #5
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My husband and I have picked up clover honey in large quantities at Costco for decent prices. He has also made a maple mead to die for. He just added a half gallon of pure maple syrup on top of his normal batch of mead in the primary ferment. You can also get that at Costco.


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Old 02-02-2006, 11:40 AM   #6
Sep 2005
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bee keepers my uncle keeps bees always geven honey away
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