Mead? What the hell is that?
Well, mead is usually called “honey wine”. It’s an alcoholic beverage made from honey, water and yeast, with some other things thrown in there for flavor. It’s been made since before recorded history, so it can’t be too bad. Typically, folks associate mead with pillaging Vikings and such, but mead has been around much longer than that.
The following was taken from: The Story of Mead
THE HISTORY OF MEAD
Our favorite story of mead goes something like this:
A long, long time ago, before the invention of writing and polyester, a lucky human stumbled upon the contents of a beehive. The beehive had been left out in the rain, and the honey inside had fermented. Behold; MEAD!
Mead soon became known as “the nectar of the gods.” King Tut was a satisfied customer, and so were Eric the Red and Queen Elizabeth the First. Enjoyed by paupers, princes, and pirates, mead was possibly the world’s favorite drink.
I have no clue if that’s how mead was first discovered, but alas, it is one of my favorite adult beverages.
Here is probably the simplest and cheapest way to make your first mead, a “JAOM” or Joe’s Ancient Orange Mead, with all of the ingredients bought from Walmart, of all places.
You can make this for $10 a gallon. Marginal mead at the liquor store is $20 a quart. Do the math. You can make exceptional mead, not marginal stuff, for yourself and save a ton of money at the same time. Get brewing!
I do have to give credit to a few folks who have given me the inspiration to make mead and who have provided many recipes. They are:
Jack Spirko at The Survival Podcast
Michael Jordan (The Bee Whisperer) at A Bee Friendly Company