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Derf
07-26-2004, 10:56 AM
Ok, this is more of a question or a poll than a tale: What was it that motivated you to make your first batch of mead? I'm sure there are some good stories out there just waiting to be told.

My own story isn't much to tell. I'd been making beer for just a little while when I saw a mead kit at my homebrew store. I've always been curious about it, and a couple of my friends are big mead fans of it but they've always had a hard time finding any comercial mead, so I figured I'd give it a go. I'm pleased to say that that first kit-batch and several of my own design since have all turned out well. Also, if there are any cinnamon lovers out there, I highly recomend Joe Mattioli's Ancient Mead.

Jmattioli
07-26-2004, 09:07 PM
Ok . I'm game. After drinking part of a bottle of mead that my brother in Tennesee bought while in England directly out of a oak barrel in someones basement into the bottle, not really a commercial meadery, I found the sweet and at the same time tart taste and other complexities to be undescribably delicious--- and after failing to find a commercial bottle here in the staes that even compared to it--- embarked on an memorable adventure to experiment and duplicate that fabulous memory of that English mead. Though I have not yet attained to my undescribable memory of that perfect mead--- I have come close enough to keep myself encouraged to continue my quest for that perfect mead.
Sincerely, Joe

Rurouni85Samurai
07-28-2004, 07:10 AM
Beowulf in highschool and my teacher describing how good mead is.

Oskaar
07-28-2004, 01:59 PM
Lust, simple lust.

I love the Ren Faires and there were beautiful and lusty mead wenches all over the place. I took one drink of the stuff and said to myself "If I can make some of this, I can have my own mead wenches!"

What can I say?

Oskaar

dogglebe
07-28-2004, 06:09 PM
I made mead after making about thirty-five batches of beer and a trip to the Fingerlake Region, which included a visit to a meadery. It was a cinnamon/clov/ginger mead. The first competition I entered it in was the Dutchess County Fair. I won my only best in show for it and received my highest competition score to date, a 48.


Phil

lbaker
07-28-2004, 09:12 PM
I guess there are 3 primary things that influenced me to make mead...

1. When I was growing up, my grandfather always made wine, and it always seems like a neat thing to do. I decided when I grew up, I'd make my own. Unfortunately, I've lived in apartments all my life and never really had the space to get started. I just bought a house, so that hurdle is not gone!

2. I prefer dessert style wines (Ice wine, muscat), and these wines tend to be real expensive!

3. I've been attending ren faires for years and always liked the mead. Most of the mead at the faires is a little dry for my tastes, but good none the less. (and after the first 2 glasses, you really don't notice that it's dry...)

So basically when I bought the house, I had space, knew I could make dessert style wines for a LOT less than I spend at the store, and since I liked mead, that seemed like the way to go. I started my first batch of mead (a cyser) within 2 weeks of moving in, and I'm about ready to bottle it. From the sampling at rackings, I think it's going to turn out pretty good Hopefully it will be ready in time for the holidays.

Lyle

Whteknght
07-28-2004, 09:38 PM
Women got me started. SCAdian women love a man with a decent mead. And so I went from beer to mead quickly. Ok, maybe it wasn't just the women, maybe it was the sparkling raspberry melomel that I tried, also. But the women had a lot to do with it. ;D

Norskersword
07-29-2004, 02:43 AM
My heritage drew me to mead in the first place. ;D

When I found out I could make the stuff I was stoked! Plus I being a young man and all, I was naturally drawn to the idea of having alot of alcohol on hand, and for cheaper. ;)

Brewing beer never made much sense to me though. You can find beer anywhere and no matter what you make, there is bound to be a commercial beer that tastes just like it. Mead on the other hand is hard to find. So it makes perfect sense!

dogglebe
07-29-2004, 05:08 AM
Brewing beer never made much sense to me though. You can find beer anywhere and no matter what you make, there is bound to be a commercial beer that tastes just like it.

On the contrary!

Unless you're lucky enough to find a beer that is EXACTLY what you're looking for, you need to homebrew. My wee-heavey recipe (discussed somewhere else in the forum) has a bigger starting gravity than any commercially produced beer you'll ever find. I brew this because I can't get as big a beer as this.


Phil

Norskersword
07-29-2004, 05:12 AM
On the contrary!

Unless you're lucky enough to find a beer that is EXACTLY what you're looking for, you need to homebrew. My wee-heavey recipe (discussed somewhere else in the forum) has a bigger starting gravity than any commercially produced beer you'll ever find. I brew this because I can't get as big a beer as this.


Phil

Yeah but I looked at your recipe and that sounds nothing like a traditional Lager! I have to admit, I havn't gone to a local Safeway and seen a Wee Heavy. ;D

dogglebe
07-29-2004, 07:07 AM
Wee heavies are a far cry from lagers. Scotch ale yeast ferments better at lower temperatures. You don't want any esters in the beer, just malt.

And I sincerly doubt you'll find it at the local Safeway. I have trouble finding it at the better beer distributors (and I live in New York City where you can supposedly buy anything).


Phil

WikdWaze
08-06-2004, 04:33 PM
This is a fun question.

My motivation is that I was born 1300 years too late. If I can't pillage and plunder the countryside like my Viking brethren at least I can drink like them.

Oh, and beer bores me.

Dan McFeeley
08-07-2004, 12:09 AM
I had a security job at my alma mater, working my way through college and all. Making rounds through an unused building I came across a copy of the Whitehouse Cookbook, published in the late 1800's, featuring recipes from the Whitehouse of that era. In the beverage section there was a recipe for mead, very simple, honey and water in a crockpot. I gave it a try and it worked. Wanting to know more about mead (and remembering it from a book on Norse myth I'd read as a kid) I started researching the Internet and finding out more about the history and lore of this fascinating topic.

JamesP
08-08-2004, 08:09 AM
I read an article about mead in a "country lifestyle" magazine. It sounded interesting.

Then I came across the Mead Lover's Digest, and read a few years worth of digests in a few months.

Then I took the plunge - cheaper or about the same cost as kit wine, but easier to get the ingredients, and more complex flavour than "country wines".

Norskersword
08-08-2004, 11:15 PM
This is a fun question.

My motivation is that I was born 1300 years too late. If I can't pillage and plunder the countryside like my Viking brethren at least I can drink like them.

Oh, and beer bores me.

If you were around then would you have worn that silly helmet? It's very historically inaccurate. ;D ;)

WikdWaze
08-09-2004, 01:06 AM
If you were around then would you have worn that silly helmet? It's very historically inaccurate. ;D ;)

8) I've always been a trend setter.

Norskersword
08-09-2004, 01:19 AM
8) I've always been a trend setter.


;D

Try this on for size. http://hurstwic.org/logos/gjermundbu_hjelmen1.gif

WikdWaze
08-09-2004, 01:28 AM
Thanks. I was just too lazy to keep looking for a more accurate helm.

Vicky Rowe
08-09-2004, 10:04 AM
Drinking mead at faire got me started. After growing up watching my dad make wine, I figured it couldn't be too hard. I remember picking every damn dandelion in the 3 acre yard so Dad could make dandelion wine.......

I also found out that if you've a dry mead, mixing it half and half with cider (called a Beesting) is a very yummy way to sweeten it up a bit, and provide a yummy little side trip from mead all by itself......

Vicky - sitting in TN for work this week, but gearing up to attend the MDRF in Sept. and the Texas Ren Faire Hallowe'en weekend.......

GntlKnght
08-09-2004, 11:16 AM
For me, it was drinking Chaucer's at the Faire. I had a beehive when I was 12-15 and have always loved honey. When my wife kept coming back from pagan gatherings talking about this person and that person making mead, I decided to look into it.

I began in January of this year. We have started a sweet mead, apple cyser, pear melomel, pineapple melomel, blackberry melomel, and a lavender methyglin. Now the challenge will be to let any of them age!!! ;D

kace069
08-10-2004, 11:50 AM
My first taste of mead was also at a ren fair. I believe it was chaucers. I really liked it i only had a sip along with everything else i drank that day. And then i forgot all about it. Until about 2 years later. A friend of mine who travels around the country a lot had hooked up with 2 cases of mead. Actually it was various melomels, methlgins and traditional meads. After my first taste of the vanilla mead i was hooked and when i was told the guy made it himself i was very impressed. About 6 months after that another friend talked about starting homebrewing and with the aid of his computer i bought everything i needed to begin making mead. The 1st try was a failure but I tried again and willl never give it up. Its nearly 4 years later now and i am such a nut i decided i needed my own bees to cut out the middle man. Next year i should be making my very own mead with my own honey. I also make my own beer now because of the mead making experince. Kinda the reverse of most mead makers huh.

Suzy_Q_Brewmistres
09-27-2004, 06:55 AM
For me it was a lightbulb... I'm not sure who turned it on. But My mother-in-law gave us a bottle of Wash. State Mead a year or so ago... we had some more at the Ren Faire this past year.... then I began researching mead.... (I've been researching mead since Sept 04) ... OH... that would only be about 3 weeks ago... ;D , and my first mead is only 8 days old... ;D , but I have a 5 year plan (buisness wise) ... and if this doesn't work.. it's not cuz I didn't try.
But still... I think I'll have fun with the making of the mead all the same. Perhaps only a gallon a month or more.... who knows. I have about a dozen hobbys and recently I retired a couple of them..... so I'll replace one with mead. 8)
:-* Suzy Q, Brewmistress

David Baldwin
10-07-2004, 09:17 PM
My first taste of mead was in Kaltenberg Germany at the summer medieval festival. I didn't find it again until I found a bottle of Chaucers locally.

That got me started surfing the web in search of my first mead. I've never found it, but did find this web page. I spent over a year doing my research and finally got started on my first batch of traditional sweet mead this Summer.

In the mean time, I've gotten several friends and my brother hooked as well, and he is gathering the equipment to start his own batch.

I think my second batch may be a rhodomel. I've got the rose petals harvested and waiting patiently in the freezer.