Honey based Mead

Discussion in 'Beer & Ale' started by kathrynn, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I did do the "search" for a Honey Based Mead just now.  Saw a picture of one....but does anyone have a good...and easy honey based mead recipe that they could share.  I do have several quarts of local fresh honey and want to make some for my Hubby....and of course me too.

  2. Hello Miss Kat.  I can't help but as I am in England I have been curious about mead.  It is something I'd like to try.  If you get no replys please let me know and I will try to hit my UK. contacts for a recipe.  I don't know if I can find anyone to help but will ask around.  As you know it was a popular drink here when the water wasn't fit to drink.  I'll be watching.  Keep Smokin!

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  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Danny......I keep hearing about it...and it would be a nice change from just Beer.  I will post one if I don't get one thru SMF.

  4. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    All mead is made with honey, just google "mead".
  5. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Cliff....I did do that a few days ago.  Just wondered if any one "here in SMF land" had a good simple one.

    Still doing my research.

  6. bdawg

    bdawg Smoke Blower

    Go to gotmead's website.  is a very good online Mead resource.

    If you have never had it, you are in for a treat.

    Mead is the genesis for the term "Honeymoon".

    I was very lucky to be assigned to judge the Traditional Mead Category in the National Homebrewer's Competition Final Round in Philadelphia this year.

    The category winner was a mead made with Orange Blossom honey.  You can actually smell and taste the citrus flavors in that mead.


    My next mead will be an Orange Blossom mead with Vanilla beans.  Think of a Dreamsicle in a glass!


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  7. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Steve....thank you!  I have a lot of local fresh honey and want to try my hand at this.  Hubby has a beer brewing kit and we are working on that too.  Soooo....I wanna try something new!

  8. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Can't help you with a recipe, but can offer kind of a fun story on the "Honeymoon" aspect. When my wife and I got married, her best friend left us with a bottle of mead for our honeymoon. She offered no explanation, and we both thought it kind of odd, since we'd never tried the stuff and to our knowledge, neither had the friend.

    Upon further investigation, we discovered a little booklet tied around the neck of the bottle which explained it all. Apparently, back in "Ye Olden Tymes", the custom was for a newly married couple to share a glass of mead each evening for the first month (moon) of their marriage. This was supposed to bring good luck, prosperity, happiness and the like. My assumption is that the real reason was, since most marriages were arranged in those days and the couple didn't know each other, it forced them to sit and talk over a cocktail each evening, thus helping them get acquainted. In our case, it was a fun little diversion each day, since we had to make sure to remember to do it and to dole out just the right amount so we could make the bottle last for the whole month. It also stretched out our "honeymoon" giving us a little reminder of our wedding each day even after we got back from the trip.

    So if you do make the mead, it makes a fun little wedding gift. Just make sure you include an explanation as to why :)
  9. Great info and very sweet too!
  10. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Awwww......My Best Friend's Daughter is getting married in May '14 and I could have them a special batch made up with the Story.  Cool!

  11. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The "home brew talk" brewing site has a whole section on mead making. I also found lots of recipes with a google search. This is the faqs page at home brew with a lot of PDF info. Just go up one level in that forum and you are in the main mead section.


    The "orange vanilla cinnamon" versions here sounds interesting also. I have no experience with mead at all though (other than drinking some when one of my daughter's friends who makes it brings some over).

  12. bdawg

    bdawg Smoke Blower

    Mead is easier to brew than beer.  Honey is too thick to support living organisms, so it is essentially pre-sanitized.  Some folks will pasteurize their must, but that is generally accepted as unnecessary and some say detrimental because it allows volatile aromas to escape.  So, you just mix water with your honey to the desired specific gravity, add yeast nutrients, aerate well, pitch your yeast, and let it rip.  Some folks will slowly feed additional honey every day to get more fermentables into the must.

    It is a bit more work to get mead to finish properly. With beer, you generally let it run its course and then you add a little priming sugar and bottle it (or force carbonate).

    With mead, you have to do a bit of work to achieve proper balance between sweetness, acidity, and astringency (and for some meads, carbonation) to get it just right.

    Usually that means late tincture additions (such as adding acid/tannins/or back sweetening with additional honey) and other adjustments

    It also takes a much longer  conditioning period - months instead of weeks.

    But on the whole, a good mead is a joy to behold.
  13. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I do so appreciate all of the information.  This is a learning curve that we want to do and have fun with.

    You guys are the best!

  14. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I asked some old friends, this was posted long ago and had to ask how to find it again.

    We have had some people in the guild start an interest in brewing there own beverages and I wanted to post here on some of the recipes that I had.

    Celenon has brewed Beer and I have brewed mead, Melomel and Metheglin.

    Basic Mead

    1 gallon water
    2 oranges, sliced
    1/2 package champagne yeast
    5 pounds Dark honey
    1 lemon, sliced

    Place the honey, water, and fruit in a 2 gallon pot over medium heat. Bring the mead to a rolling boil, skimming off any scum which rises to the top over the next hour. Cool to lukewarm, strain out the fruit, and add the yeast (dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water). Allow this mixture to set, covered with a towel, for 7 days, until fermentation has slowed considerably. Strain again, pouring off only the clear top fluids into bottles to age. These bottles should be lightly corked for about 2 months, then tightly sealed for 6 months before using.

    Hops Mead

    1 gallon water
    1 ounce Cascade Hops
    4 pounds Light Honey
    1 lemon, sliced
    2 ornges, sliced
    1/2 pound white raisins, chopped
    1/2 package yeast (I assume champagne yeast as well but have not made this myself.)

    Place water, hops, honey, and sliced fruit into the 2 gallon pot, boiling as in the basic recipe above but only for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and add chopped raisins, stirring for another 5 minutes before removing from heat. Cool, strain, and add yeast as directed in the above recipe. Place 5 raisins in each bottle before closing. Aging time after secure corking is 1 year.

    Quick Wine Mead

    1 gallon red wine (medium dryness)or
    Apple wine and stir with a cinnamon stick.
    2 pounds Honey
    2 Oranges, sliced
    1/4 fresh lemon, sliced

    Warm the wine over low heat, adding honey slowly to disolve thoroughly. Divide this between 2 (1-gallon) containers, with equal portions of fruit and spices in each. Cork and shake daily for 3 days before using. This should be served warm. The amont of honey can be decreased to suit personal tastes.

    Nutty Mead

    1 quart Hickory Nut Leaves
    1 quart Black Walnut Leaves
    1 pound Almonds, crushed
    1 gallon water
    4 pounds Honey
    1 lemon, sliced
    1 orange, sliced
    1 tablespoon Almond extract
    1/2 package yeast (Champagne)

    Make sure the leaves are fresh with no signs of wilting or infestations. Crush them by hand and place them in a large pan with the Almonds. In a seperate container, heat water with honey and fruit to a low rolling boil, for 20 minutes, skimming. Add extract and follow the basic mead recipe. Age the mead for 1 year.

    Clove Metheglin

    1 gallon Water
    3 pounds Dark Honey
    2 Oranges, sliced
    1 Lemon, sliced with rind
    1 1/2 ounces of clove
    1/2 package yeast

    Place all ingredients except the yeast in a large pot and boil for 1 hour, skimming as needed. Cool to lukewarm, remove cloves and fruit, squeezing to extract the juice. next add the yeast, and leave the mixture covered in a warm area for 2 weeks. Siphon off the clear fluid into bottles and age 7 months for sweet wine. 1 year for dry wine.

    Fall Metheglin

    1 cup dried apple
    2 large cinnamon sticks
    1 tablespoon dried lemon peel
    (or fresh from one whole fruit)
    12 whole cloves
    1 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 gallon Water
    7 bay leaves
    1 inch bruised ginger root
    1 tablespoon dried orange peel
    (or fresh from one whole fruit)
    7 whole allspice berries
    3 pounds Dark Honey
    1/2 package sparkling yeast

    Place all ingredients, except the honey and yeast, in a 2 gallon pan. Simmer for 1 hour, then add the honey, bring the entire mixture to a boil, skimming off the scum. Boil for 15 minutes, then follow the basic recipe for mead. This mead has a marvelously crisp fall flavor and is good hot or cold.

    Ginger-Cinnamon Warm up

    3 pounds clover Honey
    1 Gallon Water
    3 ounces fresh ginger root, bruised
    2 large cinnamon sticks, broken
    1 cup raisins
    Juice and rind of 1 Orange
    Juice and rind of 2 Lemons
    1/2 package yeast

    Dissolve the Honey in warm water, adding the ginger root(cut up), cinnamon and raisins. Simmer for an hour, then strain into seperate container, adding enough warm water to replace the amount boiled away. Peel the lemons and orange, squeeze the jiuce into the container with the ginger water, and add the rinds. Dissolve the yeast in warm water, then add to mead, stirring well. Follow the basic recipe for mead, allowing mead to age 8 months to a year before use.

    Well thats it for now [​IMG]

    There was a bunch more but he said these were great places to start.

    Hope they help.
  15. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Foam....thank you so much!  I know you make some of your own "hooch" too!

    I am going to print these and they look good!

  16. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Beer: Good for Your Heart?

    Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 09:28 AM

    By Dr. Brownstein

    Question: Does drinking beer offer benefits for heart health?


    Good news for beer lovers: A new study, published in the July 1, 2013 issue of Nutrition Journal, shows that drinking a pint a day can improve the health of your heart. Researchers at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece, found that blood flow to the heart improved within a couple of hours of drinking two-thirds of a pint, or 400 mL, of beer.

    Aortic stiffness and endothelial (blood vessel) function were assessed upon fasting and at one and two hours after drinking. Aortic stiffness was significantly reduced by all three interventions. Endothelial function improved significantly only after beer consumption. In

    fact, beer beat out nonalcoholic beer, which won over vodka.

    Beer drinkers, rejoice. There are many studies that point to moderate alcohol drinkers, as  compared to nondrinkers, having lower risk of heart disease. So on a hot summer day, you  don’t have to feel bad about having a cold one.

    Now if it would just clean out the pipes too!
  17. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ambling over to the fridge for a dose of ice cold medicine!!!!!  
  18. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't believe it, I have had 3 heart attacks and that just goes against everything it says.
  19. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Getting geared to make Mead this weekend!  Woot Woot!

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