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Norskersword
08-12-2004, 04:00 AM
Just curious if anybody has any "mead drinking rituals". In other words, is there any sort of task that you notice you do while you drink your mead?

I havn't got a chance to fully enjoy my own mead, but I've bought 5 or 6 commercial meads in the past few months. Time spent drinking these for me usually consists of staying up late watching tv alone and drinking strait from the bottle. No wine glasses for me! (yet) I'm not an alcoholic, I swear! ;D

Anyway, I usually drink 2/3 of the bottle or so in one sitting. Surprisingly enough, I havn't even felt a buzz yet! I guess it's because I usually do this an hour or so after dinner.

Does anybody sit at their computer and drink mead while they are in this forum? I get the feeling Oskaar does. ;D

WikdWaze
08-12-2004, 04:22 AM
My first drink from my first batch will undoubtedly be from the handmade horn cup my brother has. It's only proper.

Norskersword
08-12-2004, 04:27 AM
I bought a drinking horn a few years ago from a ren fair. Naturally I bought the biggest one, about 30 oz I think.

The vikings use to use big horns like mine kind of like beer bongs. During a party they would fill it with mead and see if they could chug down the whole thing without breathing. If one could do it he was pretty well thought of!

The next party I have I will have my own mead ready and I will use my horn.

WikdWaze
08-12-2004, 04:28 AM
I bought a drinking horn a few years ago from a ren fair. Naturally I bought the biggest one, about 30 oz I think.

The vikings use to use big horns like mine kind of like beer bongs. During a party they would fill it with mead and see if they could chug down the whole thing without breathing. If one could do it he was pretty well thought of!

The next party I have I will have my own mead ready and I will use my horn.It should be illegal to drink mead any other way.

Norskersword
08-12-2004, 04:46 AM
You mean in 30 oz drinking horns without breathing? The vikings often used wooden cups though. And let's not forget mazers!

No offense to anyone, but drinking from a wine glass has always seemed strange to me. I'm use to the image of mead being drunken as I described. As JMatiolli said in another post "mead has always been drunken in large quantities". I never get used to reading about mead in wine glasses. It just seems bizarre to me.

WikdWaze
08-13-2004, 01:03 AM
You mean in 30 oz drinking horns without breathing? The vikings often used wooden cups though. And let's not forget mazers!

No offense to anyone, but drinking from a wine glass has always seemed strange to me. I'm use to the image of mead being drunken as I described. As JMatiolli said in another post "mead has always been drunken in large quantities". I never get used to reading about mead in wine glasses. It just seems bizarre to me.Well, breathing is allowed ;D

I agree, mead is supposed to be consumed "en masse", not sipped from a tiny little glass. That's like drinking beer from a shotglass.

Norskersword
08-13-2004, 01:06 AM
No offense to anyone who drinks mead in this way! I may start doing it someday too. So at the risk of being a hipocret, I think I will drop it. ;D

Still wanting to hear from people and their "drinking rituals". In particular, I'm wanting to hear from Oskaar. I'm sure he has something interesting to say...

WikdWaze
08-13-2004, 01:15 AM
No offense to anyone who drinks mead in this way! I may start doing it someday too. So at the risk of being a hipocret, I think I will drop it. ;D

Still wanting to hear from people and their "drinking rituals". In particular, I'm wanting to hear from Oskaar. I'm sure he has something interesting to say...I will never drink my braggot that way, but I do have a recipe in mind for a champagne substitute. When celebrating a classy affair, fancy glasses may be in order.

Derf
08-13-2004, 01:33 AM
I must disagree about drinking mead from wine glasses. My first batch turned out very much like a sweet white wine, so I don't see anything wrong with that presentation. Besides, wine glasses have been designed for the apreciation of fine drinks. In theory, even the shape of a wine glass should enhance the taste and smell of the wine. Admitedly, my senses aren't that sensitive, but do enjoy gloating over how clear my mead looks in a crystal glass.

I must admit though, a genuine drinking horn would be pretty awsome. In terms of interesting drinking vessels, I have some black crystal wine glasses. They look great (even if you can't see your mead through them) but unfortunatly they're tiny little things. The set originaly had some larger glasses but they've been broken long since. Also, my girlfriend always drinks mead out of a smoked glass chalice that has a dragon etched on the side of it. It doesn't look old or at all traditional, but it's still pretty cool.

Derf
08-13-2004, 01:36 AM
I will never drink my braggot that wayAgreed. Braggot is too much like beer (he says hopefully, but never having actually tasted any as of yet) for the wine glass treatment. Haul out the steins!

WikdWaze
08-13-2004, 02:53 AM
Agreed. Braggot is too much like beer (he says hopefully, but never having actually tasted any as of yet) for the wine glass treatment. Haul out the steins!
May go really ancient and just hollow out a short section of a small log 8) Then again, may just drink it out of the plastic cup I got from the fast food joint.

Wine glasses have their place, just not with most of the recipes I have planned. I've always seen them as impractical anyhow. They don't hold enough liquid to wash down a meal, and they're very top-heavy making them easier to spill. For a toast or a small treat they're fine.

I have a recipe planned that will actually be best served in a coffe cup since it's designed to be served warm.

wildorchid
08-13-2004, 03:46 AM
I notice not many ladies post here. Mr. Norskersword turned me on to the idea of mead and I did try some store bought, but didn't care much for it. Maybe that was because I drank it out of a wine glass :)
I think I got chauncers and it was a little too sweet for my tastes. What store bought brands do you experts reccommend? Norskersword has yet to send me his own brew - although he promised he would.
Oh yeah, is there any special drinking instruments for a real lady? What would the viking queen have used? Maybe a delicate, intricately carved, pure ivory horn with gold inlay? Can I find one like that? That's what I want!

WikdWaze
08-13-2004, 04:02 AM
Here are a few ideas.
Genuine article
http://ccwf.cc.utexas.edu/~cmw/1995/Horn.html

Fancy
http://www.waterhawkcreations.com/drinking.htm

Lees fancy
http://home.earthlink.net/~odindis/horn.html

Period correct replicas, even come in my size!
http://www.highfiber.com/~bohemond/Bootshop/horn-page/horn.html

Given the prices on some of these, a hollowed-out log doesn't sound too bad anymore.

Norskersword
08-13-2004, 04:07 AM
The second link looks exactly like my horn, only without the extra stuff attached to it.

Oskaar
08-13-2004, 05:34 AM
OK thou unbeliever! LOL

I generally drink from a Riedel Burgundy Grand Cru wineglass which holds 38 ounces of liquid.

I also have a Maxi-Bourdeaux which will hold 336 oz of your favorite mead! Try to take that sucker down the stairs!

When I'm feeling like a night of rapine and plunder I drink my mead from the stein pictured in the link below. My stein has a hammered finish so it is not the smooth looking model pictured. It will hold well over 32 oz of mead.

http://www.fellowshipfoundry.com/images/H060.jpg


In no case do I have to get up for a second bottle! I would assert that if you haven't evaluated mead in a wine glass you miss out on the subtleties of the mead and the different aromas, bouquets and complexities of the mead as it warms toward room temperature.

Just make sure to get a man sized wine glass, and you won't have to keep walking back and forth to the ice box with your little girlie-man port glasses!

Also, don't fool yourself into thinking that drinking mead from any glass is the same. The concentration of aromas, scents and bouquet all influence the flavour of what you are drinking. If you don't believe that then test it out yourself. Pour some mead into a water glass and then pour it into a wine glass (like a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc glass) and then take a whiff and a swig from the tumbler, then do the same with the wine glass. The difference will be pronounced.

I do like to drink mead while I work on my computers here in my office. I work from my office at home upstairs, and I two big picture windows in front of me so at night sometimes I'll just turn off the lights and watch the world go by while I read and post.

Sometimes I'll go downstairs to my smoking room (a small part of my garage) for a cigar. I have a laptop hooked up via wireless to my big server upstairs that has a bunch of MP3 files on it. I also have that laptop hooked into the stereo and televsion in one side of my gym/garage so I can serve up audio or video, or even check on the GotMead forums while I'm smoking my cigar. That way I don't get any smoke in the house, can "rock-out" and catch a good buzz from the mead and the cigar.

Hedonism, it's not just a job . . . it's an adventure!

Oskaar

Norskersword
08-13-2004, 06:05 AM
Oskaar, I must say you have me beat. I bow to you.

Jmattioli
08-13-2004, 06:16 AM
Oskaar,
Youve got me beat too.... no comment from me other than to tell you I have to admit you are under the right heading.

Mead Legends and Tales
Joe

Oskaar
08-13-2004, 06:23 AM
Sheesh, no bowing allowed.

I'm a self-proclaimed hedonist. I love wine, women and song and I indulge myself to the fullest whenever I can. I love good food, good drink and neat stuff to drink it from! I just came from a jobsite earlier today that has me saying "I'm not worthy!" These people have their little slice of heaven all set! I'm happy with what I have, so I do everything I can to have a good time with my family, friends and anyone else who happens to wander in.

I come from a family of party animals from Eastern Europe, I'm first generation here, and I give thanks for what I have every day!

That being said! Time to get ready for tonight's festivities!

Best regards,

Oskaar

Oskaar
08-28-2004, 02:42 AM
Here's a link to the best mead/beer glasses on the market:

http://207.5.69.177/HRcenter/images/onefortheroad.jpg


Oskaar

WikdWaze
08-28-2004, 03:08 AM
Here's a link to the best mead/beer glasses on the market:

http://207.5.69.177/HRcenter/images/onefortheroad.jpg


Oskaar
;D That's convenient, do your primary in the same glass you drink from ;D

yabb_unknown_usr
12-23-2004, 03:06 AM
Ah yes,
but since Mead is a Gaelic drink,
and although the Vikings were 'close' geographicaly,
a 'horn' isnt quite proper.
Perhaps one of these items would be more so.
My flagon has the Celtic cross
(which happens to 'show' MUCH better in person than in the image)

https://www12.secure-website.net/~3harpie/DandU/shop/shop.cgi/page=celtic.htm/SID=1103839487.2132

The point being,
no matter 'how' you enjoy your meade, the point is to 'enjoy' it.
Enjoy

Oskaar
12-23-2004, 03:45 AM
Hey William,

Don't forget that while mead was revered by the Gaelic people, there's plenty of others around the world that were making and drinking mead as early and earlier than the Gaelic people so just about any glass is fair game!

Cheers,

Oskaar

beeboy
12-23-2004, 06:16 AM
I'm currently using two different glasses for mead. The first one is a small 4 oz silver cup with grape leaves inlaid on it. It's kind of fun to have a couple glasses after a epic day at the salt mines, the whole ritual of pouring the mead and feeling the silver cup cool off is enjoyable. My other is a antique stein with a pewter lid. At one time someone scratched the date 1884 into the lid, not very well, probably a bit drunk by the way it turned out. I'll use the stein for special occasions, birthdays, new years, full moon or whatever. I've noticed that if it holds mead I'll drink from it so i have to add a couple coffee mugs and juice glasses to the list. ;D
Beeboy

David Baldwin
12-23-2004, 08:05 AM
I'll frequently open a bottle of mead or wine at dinner. What we don't finish at the meal, will often be finished off later in the course of our evening.

I bought several glasses that have a very similar shape to a wine glass without the stem to make it top heavy.

Having kids in the house has meant that we've lost several to breakage.

The vessel is less important than the substance of what is in them.

Give me a glass, horn, flagon, paper cup of mead, and I'll be happy.

Tsuchi
12-23-2004, 08:07 AM
These goblets are leftovers from when I still had acess to a potters wheel and they are what I intend to have the first glass(es) of my very own Cyser (see 6 gal in BG). Shared of course with my other half who has been very suportive of me excitedly wrecking the kitchen every so often this last month or two.

http://img144.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img144&image=p0020224zb.jpg

Oskaar
12-23-2004, 03:19 PM
I'll say again that if you want to be able to recognize and identify the subtleties of mead, a wine glass is the tool to use. Ken Schramm states this in his book, The Complete Meadmaker, and I agree.

A clear, clean wineglass will let you see the color, clarity, brilliance, consistency, leggy-ness and coating characteristics of your mead. It will also concentrate the aroma, nose and bouquet of the mead to a point where you can discern various characteristics of the mead, especially the honey and other ingredients that were used in the making. Metal and most materials other than glass have a unique smell, and impart aromas that are not part of the mead itself.

If you’re going for mass swill-age, then of course it doesn’t matter what you are drinking from. However, if you’re looking to accurately identify the nuances of a particular mead you are tasting for evaluation and comparison, then glass is the way to go.

Nice goblets by the way!!!!


Cheers,

Oskaar

Dan McFeeley
12-23-2004, 04:37 PM
I'm in agreement with using wine glasses for mead, in fact, I like similar shaped glasses for beer. My favorite is a Stella Artois tulip shaped glass, holds 33 cl with a little to spare. Perfect for a single 12 ounce bottle of beer (takes some patience waiting for the head to foam down enough to fill the glass) or for a goodly portion of wine or mead.

I also have some nice stein/mugs, picked up at a Rennaisance fair, nice dragon motiffs. There's also a larger tulip shaped snifter glass I use for beer -- holds two 12 ounce bottles, perfect for a pint.

Once in a while, I'll use a drinking horn for beer, mostly for the fun of it. A drinking horn is the worst vessel for really taking your time and evaluating the beer, but that's not always the point of drinking. There's the careful sniffing and sipping, and then there's having fun with friends. It's tulip shaped glasses v/s steins and drinking horns. Either one lends itself to the particular occasion.

My thought is that if you've got quality stuff to drink, surround it with good food, good friends, and a good vessel to drink out of.

Of course, a nice pint, or good mead or wine, is also nice to have at hand when posting to the forums. ;D

Dan McFeeley
12-23-2004, 04:48 PM
Ah yes,
but since Mead is a Gaelic drink,
and although the Vikings were 'close' geographicaly,
a 'horn' isnt quite proper.

Sorry, I gotta quibble here. Although the continental Celts seemed to prefer vessels based on Mediterrean styles, they also used drinking horns. The most famous were the ones found in the Hochdorf grave site, and from the contents of the cauldron at the site, they were for drinking mead.

The Insular Celts of the British Isles are loosely divided into two language groups -- the Goedelic, or Gaelic speaking Celts, and the Brythonic Celts, generally associated with Cornwall, Wales, also Brittany. I don't have much info on their drinking habits, but mead was definitely known to both groups.

citation36
12-23-2004, 09:46 PM
Well I kinda like the wine glass behind the goblets, that looks like about one serving.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Philip

Suzy_Q_Brewmistres
12-23-2004, 11:36 PM
Hello guys... being of the fairer sex.... I drink my mead out of a Pilser glass. I've never been fond of the tankard style mugs... and I'm not viking enough to drink from a horn. Even at ren faires I've got my drink out of a pewter looking (actually stainless) goblet... and as I've not had mead long enough to enjoy it at ren faires, but I will this summer... I'll prolly use my metal goblet.
And I like mine ICE COLD, sometimes even so cold I've put ice cubes in it to keep it chilled. I'm sorry guys... I don't like warm alch. drinks.

Enjoy the day...
:-* Suzy Q

yabb_unknown_usr
12-24-2004, 12:41 AM
Excellent point Master McFeely.
There are a few 'oddities' found at Hochdorf.

The link below is an excellent source of information for all reading this thread.
Be sure to use the embedded links on the site.

http://www.iath.virginia.edu/Barbarians/Essays/drink_main.html

I was fortunate enough to have a bottle of "Fairy Dew magical Honey Tincture" 'December 02' purchased from Meadful Things last night.

One thing we all CAN agree on is that Mead, Meade........ect is truely the drink of the Gods.

All have a blessed and peacful Holdiay.