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Fisk Jaegaren
05-21-2012, 11:34 PM
I'm getting ready to start on a few batches of mead, a little ambitious, but I just gotta do it!

I'm going to do 3 recipes from Ken Schramm's book, "The Complete Meadmaker"

1) Cherry melomel, using star thistle and wildflower honey
2) Medium sweet orange blossom mead, yeah orange blossom honey!
3) Sweet show mead...book says high quality varietal honey....from what I have read, star thistle honey seems to sound perfect for this and is available locally here in Michigan.

Is the star thistle one of the better honey's on the market? or does someone have a better suggestion?

05-22-2012, 01:33 AM
I am absolutly no expert at all... what I did when I started my first batches of mead... (non of which are finished aging yet) is buy a very small bottle first and use it on toasted bread with honey. If I liked it, I bought more of it to make mead with.

I sampled about 8 different honeys before I found the 3 I wanted. Then I just mixed the 3 when I made my mead.

Again please note I am a total noob.

05-22-2012, 06:23 PM
Local, fresh honey is probably the best on the market. If star thistle is local for you, then that is a good bet. I've had California star thistle and that was good, but I'm sure yours will taste a bit different.