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Old 11-13-2008, 09:37 PM   #1
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I tried some mead (probably more like a Metheglin, but they called it mead) for the first time that some friends made and it was disgusting.

I honestly couldn't imagine getting drunk on that, let alone having more than one glass. It was way too sweet, thick and syrupy. Did they make bad mead, or are those characteristics of mead?

It just seemed way too sweet; definitely sweeter than I had originally imagined.
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:40 PM   #2
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I much prefer a dry mead myself so, no they aren't all cloying. Maybe that is what they were after, maybe the yeast pooped out, I dunno.

 
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:43 PM   #3
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Mead comes in many diffrent tastse. A lot of mead is sweet. Generally, what you are looking for is what is called a dry mead, they are less sweet. I tasted a great ginger mead once that was dry and spicy. If you are used to beer then mead might not be the best for you, best to try a braggot. That is sort of half way between mead and beer. Personally I like it sweet. The syrupy part is a new one for me. It shouldnt be that thick. Can be but shouldn't. Mead comes in more varities than wine so don't judge on one mead. Look for a medium dry or a dry mead.

 
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:52 PM   #4
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I really don't like sweet meads. I do however, love dry meads. So far, varietal meads are my favorite. I have an orange blossom mead that we brewed with a medium amount of heather tips that is awesome. Unfortunately, there really aren't any commercial dry meads available near me that are good, and they take a really long time to mature.

 
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:21 PM   #5
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I think that they probabaly made bad mead! YOU can make it however you like though. I like some sweet mead, but I also like a VERY dry crisp mead that more resembles a white table wine. I LOVE dry show mead with Italian food...the kind without Red sauce.
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:04 PM   #6
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The mead they made gives me a headache almost instantly. I wouldn't imagine that this is a normal trait. Or is it...? I'm thinking it's not done fermenting and of course, no hydrometer readings..
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Old 11-13-2008, 11:36 PM   #7

Some of the recipes I've seen for mead would put one in a diabetic coma. Might as well add a shot of vodka to a cup of honey. Good mead is all about balance. Some like dry meads and some prefer slightly sweeter meads. I tend to prefer a semi-sweet mead with a FG of about 1.010 but, again, everything must be in balance.

 
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everything must be in balance.
Good one man! That's FUNNY...Get it....MUST be in balance....ROTFL
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I hate sweet mead. It's like drinking syrup. Dry meads are awesome tho.

 
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:27 AM   #10
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Meads vary wildly in flavor. Many people make meads that are very sweet because they want more of the honey flavor. However dry meads are also quite common. Meads made with a variety of fruits have a huge range of flavors and spices are often added to both regular meads and fruit based ones.
Even within traditional meads there are more subtle flavor differences between meads made with different types of honey.

It is possible you will not like meads, but one example is too small of sample to know. Give a dry mead or semi-sweet mead a try. It sounds like the one you tried was a desert sweet mead. These can be very sweet and thick and are really not designed for drinking quantities. Instead they should be treated like a ice wine or port and a small glass is sipped slowly to enjoy the flavors.

I usually make dry meads and occassionally make sweet or semi-sweet meads, but have yet to make a desert mead. I've like all the meads I have made so I may have to give the really sweet ones a try sometime.

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