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  • Mead Resources
    Ok, this is where everything goes that doesn't have some other place to go. Here I've placed the links to all the newsgroups and mailing lists I've found about mead, the bibliography of mead books and articles from Dan McFeely (who rocks, btw), the links to all the mead websites on the 'net that we've found, and anything else I can find.

    If I've forgotten anything, I'm relying on you folk to tell me, all this typing has rendered me brain dead for the unknown future. I think I'll just relax and have a glass of mead!

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  • Starting a Meadery
    If your friends follow you around begging for mead, and tell you how good your stuff is, then possibly you've thought, even idly, about going commercial.

    Not suprising, many commercial meaderies got their start just that way.

    Jon and Kim Hamilton of White Winter Winery started their business in 1996 andhad been making mead in their basement for years. All their friends kept saying 'You could sell this stuff', so they did! Bill, the owner of Desi's Dew Meadery decided that doing what he loved was what he wanted, and he quit his regular job to open his winery. He now has two meads on the market and is expanding his product into stores in North Carolina and other parts of the country. John Hallberg & Jen Cable, proprietors of Smokehouse Winery in Virginia turned their picturesque property into a meadery and bed-and-breakfast in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and are now distributing their product all over Virginia.

    You *can* be successful in the commercial mead business, but it takes a lot of planning and hard work. In the beginning the rewards are few, and the barriers high. You have to get your labels and recipes approved by the ATF. You have to pass inspections on your premises, and ferret out all the laws and rules that apply to your business, and *believe me* there are a lot. Depending on your state, you may have thousands of dollars in license fees, and several months of paperwork to wade through.

    Don't let this discourage you, if you're really serious about going commercial. The goal of this section of GotMead is to help de-mystify the process somewhat, and give you a leg up on 'going pro'.

    The section is new, and we are still gathering data, but we will be putting up links to state and federal alcohol production and sales laws, get interviews from the Pros on how they did it, and discuss financial and legal issues that you will encounter.

    Please be patient, we're gathering info as fast as we can, and hope to have this section up and running in the next month or so. Meanwhile, if you happen to have information, or are a Pro yourself, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !

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    • Meadery Owners Speak
      If you're thinking of starting a meadery, you're probably frustrated and overwhelmed by the seemingly endless line of regulations, paperwork and money required. Don't be. If you're truly serious, you can do it. The 'Ask the Pros' section of GotMead aims to help you gain a little perspective on starting your own shop by making it all a bit more real. Buck up, you can do it! These guys did.

      Also, if you would like to ask some questions of your own, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and I'll get them to our contributing meaderies for an answer, and post your answer here!

      If you own a meadery and would like to be a contributor to 'Ask the Pros', download the questions in either MS Word XP, Rich Text Format or PDF, answer them, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with digital scans (JPG, 72dpi) of any logo or labels you'd like us to display.

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    • Mead Reviews

      Any registered user of Gotmead.com can submit mead reviews, just click 'Submit Mead Review' in your user menu.

      The Gotmead.com Review Team consists of the following people:

      • Ben and Becky Starr - long time GM folk, mead-makers (and drinkers) and Best in Show winner of the 2006 International Mead Festival Home Competition
      • Vicky Rowe - Gotmead.com owner and webmistress, long time mead-maker (and drinker), judge for the 2004 and 2006 International Mead Festival Commercial Mead Competition
      • John Rowe - Vicky's husband, long time wine and mead drinker (and beer maker)

      Any reviews submitted under 'Administrator' have been evaluated by the GM Review Team.

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    • Making Mead
      Making mead is easy. All you need is honey, water, yeast and a container, and you can make mead. Unlike beer, no boiling is required, and infections in mead are much less likely than they are in beer. Wine is nearly as simple, but mead seems to have a mystique that draws folks to it. Maybe its the tales of knights and maidens, or that the gods drink mead? Could be!

      That having been said, there are a thousand ways to make mead, and no one way is 'correct'. Some people boil their honey, some don't. Some folks use raw honey, others use filtered. Tap water or bottled water? Wine yeast or beer yeast? Dry or sweet? Fruit, spices, or 'plain'? Should you use a hydrometer? What about acid balance and yeast nutrients? All these questions and more will be discussed in this section.

      So, if you're sufficiently confused, then click on a link, and welcome to your next major addiction. Hope you have lots of friends to help you drink your production up!
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    • Mead Making Safety
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    • Mead Competition
      Think you've a great mead?
      Does that brew in your basement send your
      friends into paroxyms of ecstasy?

      Then enter it into a competition!
      We've put together a list of brewing competitions
      that include mead. Many were found at the AHA
      Page at http://www.beertown.org
      and others we dug out of the ether on the 'net.
      You can get the AHA competition standards here.
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  • History of Mead

    The History of Mead

    Mead has a long history. So long, many say, that it may well be the oldest recorded fermented beverage. King Midas drank mead (hey, after all, he *did* have the golden touch, right?), as was discovered in an acheological dig. The Celts were drinking it in c. 500 A.D.Viking with Mead - copyright 2002 GotMead.com

    There are indications that the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Ethiopians, Scandinavians, Assyrian, Incas and Aztec used mead, both in festivals and as a religious drink.

    Oddly, it seems to have pervaded many, if not most, cultures, at some point in time. You can find it in the writings of Greek philosophers and the stories of their gods. Mead figures prominently in the tales of Scandinavia and the Vikings. You can find mead in the histories of England (Queen Elizabeth I loved it!), France, Greece, South America, Africa, Ireland, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Germany and Australia.

    Honey, and by association, mead, have been attributed with such powers as that of an aphrodisiac, and it has been said in times gone by that it imbues the drinker with attributes such as life, wisdom, courage and strength.

    The Celtic peoples of the British Isles were reputed to have made mead with honey and the sap of a hazel tree. Some Christian saints (probably the Irish ones!) were reputedly fond of a 'wee drop o mead' betimes. It is purported that St. Brigitte turned water into mead at the court of the King of Leinster.

    Mead was popular until the 18th century, when sugar was developed. As the popularity rose and the price fell, sugar became the sweetener of choice and mead and other drinks made with honey fell out of favor.

    Of course, today, mead is enjoying a resurgence, with nearly 100 commercial meaderies operating worldwide, and countless thousands of home meadmakers concocting the brew in their homes. Current interest in the SCA, Renaissance faires and the rising popularity of 'period' type movies and fantasy films such as 'Elizabeth', 'Shakespeare in Love', '13th Warrior', 'Lord of the Rings' and others has helped greatly to increase visibility for this most noble of drinks.
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    • History of Mead

      The History of Mead

      Mead has a long history. So long, many say, that it may well be the oldest recorded fermented beverage. King Midas drank mead (hey, after all, he *did* have the golden touch, right?), as was discovered in an acheological dig. The Celts were drinking it in c. 500 A.D.Viking with Mead - copyright 2002 GotMead.com

      There are indications that the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Ethiopians, Scandinavians, Assyrian, Incas and Aztec used mead, both in festivals and as a religious drink.

      Oddly, it seems to have pervaded many, if not most, cultures, at some point in time. You can find it in the writings of Greek philosophers and the stories of their gods. Mead figures prominently in the tales of Scandinavia and the Vikings. You can find mead in the histories of England (Queen Elizabeth I loved it!), France, Greece, South America, Africa, Ireland, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Germany and Australia.

      Honey, and by association, mead, have been attributed with such powers as that of an aphrodisiac, and it has been said in times gone by that it imbues the drinker with attributes such as life, wisdom, courage and strength.

      The Celtic peoples of the British Isles were reputed to have made mead with honey and the sap of a hazel tree. Some Christian saints (probably the Irish ones!) were reputedly fond of a 'wee drop o mead' betimes. It is purported that St. Brigitte turned water into mead at the court of the King of Leinster.

      Mead was popular until the 18th century, when sugar was developed. As the popularity rose and the price fell, sugar became the sweetener of choice and mead and other drinks made with honey fell out of favor.

      Of course, today, mead is enjoying a resurgence, with nearly 100 commercial meaderies operating worldwide, and countless thousands of home meadmakers concocting the brew in their homes. Current interest in the SCA, Renaissance faires and the rising popularity of 'period' type movies and fantasy films such as 'Elizabeth', 'Shakespeare in Love', '13th Warrior', 'Lord of the Rings' and others has helped greatly to increase visibility for this most noble of drinks.
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    • Mead in Literature
      Mention of mead comes from many sources, throughout mankinds' written history. Virgil and Plato mention it in their writings. It comes up in 'Beowulf' and the 'Rig-Veda'. The Norse sagas are littered with mead references, as are many of the old Celtic tales. Looks like mead is indeed the stuff of legend!

      Sir Kenelm Digbie, in his book "The Closet.....Opened", written in the 17th century says: "The Meathe is singularly good for a consumption, stone, gravel, weak-sight, and many many more things. A chief burgomaster of Antwerp used for many years to drink no other drink than this and though he were an old man, he was of extraordinary vigour, had always a great appetite, good digestion and had every year a child". There are many references in texts and literature the world over. Here is what we've found. If you know of others, please let us know.

      Mead in Sacred Texts

      Tales, Sagas and Books Which Reference Mead
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  • Gotmead Main Content
    Making mead is easy. All you need is honey, water, yeast and a container, and you can make mead. Unlike beer, no boiling is required, and infections in mead are much less likely than they are in beer. Wine is nearly as simple, but mead seems to have a mystique that draws folks to it. Maybe its the tales of knights and maidens, or that the gods drink mead? Could be!

    That having been said, there are a thousand ways to make mead, and no one way is 'correct'. Some people boil their honey, some don't. Some folks use raw honey, others use filtered. Tap water or bottled water? Wine yeast or beer yeast? Dry or sweet? Fruit, spices, or 'plain'? Should you use a hydrometer? What about acid balance and yeast nutrients? All these questions and more will be discussed in this section.

    So, if you're sufficiently confused, then click on a link, and welcome to your next major addiction. Hope you have lots of friends to help you drink your production up!
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    • How to Make Mead
      Making mead is easy. All you need is honey, water, yeast and a container, and you can make mead. Unlike beer, no boiling is required, and infections in mead are much less likely than they are in beer. Wine is nearly as simple, but mead seems to have a mystique that draws folks to it. Maybe its the tales of knights and maidens, or that the gods drink mead? Could be!

      That having been said, there are a thousand ways to make mead, and no one way is 'correct'. Some people boil their honey, some don't. Some folks use raw honey, others use filtered. Tap water or bottled water? Wine yeast or beer yeast? Dry or sweet? Fruit, spices, or 'plain'? Should you use a hydrometer? What about acid balance and yeast nutrients? All these questions and more will be discussed in this section.

      So, if you're sufficiently confused, then click on a link, and welcome to your next major addiction. Hope you have lots of friends to help you drink your production up!
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