Mead is an alcoholic drink, (yes, alcoholic! – ranging from 8% to 20% ANV – Alcohol By Volume). Mead is made by fermenting honey with water. It is sometimes called ‘honey-wine’.
Mead is the oldest alcoholic drink known. The Old English word for mead is ‘meodu’. The words for honey and mead share a single root word 'medhu' across the range of Indo-European languages.
Before you make mead, I recommend you try it first, to ensure you like it! Also, do take into account that the mead will need a year to mature, and you’ll need clean, sterilized bottles.
5 litres (1.1 gallons) of water
Juice of 1 lemon
2½ lbs of honey – the type of honey you select will subtly affect the taste of the mead
1 teaspoon wine yeast
1 vitamin C tablet
Spices can also be added – such as cloves or cinnamon. Mead with added spices is called a 'methgelin'.
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