Books on Mead

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Books on Mead

Post by MARMITE » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:37 pm

Can anyone recommend a good book on making Mead please?
I've just bought one called "Making your own Mead by Bryan Acton and Peter Doncan which is an easy read and full of nice pictures, some of bottles being filled and another of a brood frame.
As an experienced beer brewer and not so experieced bee keeper I could do with something a bit more technical.
If my mother's milk had been as good as my last brew, I would never have left home!

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Re: Books on Mead

Post by bobsbeer » Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:35 pm

You may be better asking on Got Mead if you haven't already. They were quite quick answering my questions.

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Re: Books on Mead

Post by MARMITE » Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:58 pm

Thanks Bob
Aren't you writing one soon?
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Re: Books on Mead

Post by bobsbeer » Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:58 pm

lol. I'll leave that to Adam. He's the expert. :D

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Re: Books on Mead

Post by Laripu » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:35 pm

For many years I only had two books on mead, the first from the UK, the second from the US, but with the bulk of the material, the non-brewing historical stuff, written by a man from the UK. Then I got one more book at an LHBS customer parking lot sale for $1.

They are:
1. Making Mead by Bryan Acton and Peter Duncan
2. Brewing Mead: Wassail! In Mazers of Mead by Charlie Papazian (recipes) and Robert Gayre (history)
3. The Compleat Meadmaker, by Ken Schramm

#1 is short, almost a pamphlet, and very old, but excellent. I highly recommend it. It's also the lowest priced of the three, bought new.
#2 is mostly historical stuff from an old UK racist, and a few boring recipes.
#3 is a good guide, and more modern.



If beekeeping is your thing, look here: https://www.perfectbee.com/learn-about- ... ing-books/
Fermenting: "Don't Bring Me Down", 1.061, spruce beer.
Secondary FV: "XX", blond ale. 1.065 ~6.9%, 39BU.
Drinking:
1. "Paradise" dry mead. Orange blossom honey from Dade City, Florida 1.074, ~9.8% abv
2. "Old 11-ish" Ginger braggot ~11% abv
3. "Mooshti", Turbo cider small batch, with crystal malt. ~6.5% abv.
4. "Saison Cranblurry", wheat, rye, cranberry, ~7.5% abv, 31BU

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Re: Books on Mead

Post by Jambo » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:40 pm

Thanks Laripu - I have started keeping bees this year so I have bought the first book you recommended. I have never even tasted mead but would like to make the best use of my crop :)

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Re: Books on Mead

Post by Laripu » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:27 pm

Jambo wrote:Thanks Laripu - I have started keeping bees this year so I have bought the first book you recommended. I have never even tasted mead but would like to make the best use of my crop :)
Good luck.

Try three different strength meads, 1.080, 1.095, and 1.110.

The first will be dry and delicate and ready in a year.
The third will be sweet and it will take at least 5 years for it to mature and for the flavours to integrate.
Fermenting: "Don't Bring Me Down", 1.061, spruce beer.
Secondary FV: "XX", blond ale. 1.065 ~6.9%, 39BU.
Drinking:
1. "Paradise" dry mead. Orange blossom honey from Dade City, Florida 1.074, ~9.8% abv
2. "Old 11-ish" Ginger braggot ~11% abv
3. "Mooshti", Turbo cider small batch, with crystal malt. ~6.5% abv.
4. "Saison Cranblurry", wheat, rye, cranberry, ~7.5% abv, 31BU

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Re: Books on Mead

Post by Jambo » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:45 pm

Thanks. No chance of winning a prize at my beekeepeer's association honey show this year then :)

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Re: Books on Mead

Post by Laripu » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:34 am

Jambo wrote:Thanks. No chance of winning a prize at my beekeepeer's association honey show this year then :)
When you've tasted your own mead, you won't want to waste any on judges. :)
Fermenting: "Don't Bring Me Down", 1.061, spruce beer.
Secondary FV: "XX", blond ale. 1.065 ~6.9%, 39BU.
Drinking:
1. "Paradise" dry mead. Orange blossom honey from Dade City, Florida 1.074, ~9.8% abv
2. "Old 11-ish" Ginger braggot ~11% abv
3. "Mooshti", Turbo cider small batch, with crystal malt. ~6.5% abv.
4. "Saison Cranblurry", wheat, rye, cranberry, ~7.5% abv, 31BU

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