Stan Wood's Mead Log

Mead Making Resources

  • Mead Lovers Digest Listserv Group: Use mead-request@talisman.com for [un]subscribe/admin requests. Digest archives and FAQ are available at http://www.talisman.com/mead.  NOTE: Digest appears when there is enough material to send one. Send ONLY articles for the digest to mead@talisman.com.
  • Books (available at Amazon.com):

    • The Compleat Meadmaker: Home Production of Honey Wine from Your First Batch to Award-Winning Fruit and Herb Variations
      by
      Ken Schramm
    • Brewing Mead: Wassail! In Mazers of Mead
      by Robert Gayre, Charlie Papazian, Robert Gayre, Charles Papazian (Contributor)
    • Mad About Mead!: Nectar of the Gods
      by Pamela Spence
    • Making Mead Honey Wine: History, Recipes, Methods and Equipment
      by Roger A. Morse, Mary A. Scott (Illustrator)
    • A sip through time : a collection of old brewing recipes
      by Cindy Renfrow
  • And check out Vicky Rowe's Gotmead.com website!
  • One of the best single (free) references on the Internet I have found: http://www.honey.com/downloads/makingmead.pdf (I use this handout when giving mead classes or demos)

Abbreviations used in this log:

Apple Cider

  • AC - Louisburg Cider Mill or Musselman's Apple Cider

Honey Type

  • BW - Buckwheat (from Dutch Gold Honey)
  • GM - Grandma's brand raw clover honey (Sam's Club)
  • HW - Honey's Worth brand honey (Sam's Club)
  • SB - Sue Bee brand (Sam's Club)
  • AM - Wild Flower (from the Amish)

Yeast

  • RSPC - Red Star Pasteur Champagne Yeast (5 gram packets)
  • EC-1118 - Lalvin EC-1118 Yeast (5 gram packets)

Miscellaneous

  • NFM2 - Modified No Fuss Method: I've taken to pouring a half gallon of AC or water into a pot and heating slightly while dumping 5 lbs of honey in and mixing well - this prevents the honey from making a thick layer on the bottom of the carboy especially in winter when the house is pretty cold.

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January 22, 2010