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    Hello everyone!
    I'd like to start by telling you all about my first taste of Mead. About 10 years ago I was working for a lady who, with her boyfriend, were former SCAers. They did some mead making while they were with the Jommes Vikings ( I think that was the name). As the story goes they drifted away from the SCA about 17 years prior to my working for them. Well to shorten this story up, I was lucky enough to marry the women of my dreams 6 years ago on July 6th. As a wedding gift my boss and her boyfriend presented my with a gift. A dusty, plain, green bottle. They said the found it in there basement as they were cleaning out an old unused corner to make room for an office. He said to the best of his recollection, the green bottle meant it was from a batch of his "Sack" meads. He also believed that the last time he ran a batch of that was 5 or so years after leaving the SCA. So by his fuzzy memory of days gone by he thought the bottle was between 15 and 20 years old. Just lying in his basement aging and forgotten. We reverently uncorked it and sampled. It was glorious. My limited vocabulary cannot express my delight at the tastes and smells that came from that first and none too few glasses to follow. That is what hooked me. I said there and then, one day I would make my own batch of bottled ambrosia.

    So here we are today, the kids are all growing up and moving on to their own lives and I find myself with a little more free time. The plan is to fill it with paintball, fishing and trying my hand at making Mead.

    I'm here to get educated on the art of mead making. My cousin has been making wine for about 5 years now and we've kicked around the idea of trying mead. So I've decided to do a little research by coming here and reading up on the NewBee Guide and then giving it a go.

    I'll post up some (hopefully informed) questions, once I've absorbed some of this deluge of info.
    Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -- Oscar Wilde

    The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind. - Humphrey Bogart

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    welcome to the obsetion, the info here is beyond belief. drink it all in and savor.
    From the tip of the largest freshwater lake in the world.

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    Welcome to the Gotmead? family, Patchez! We all wish you success in your venture into meadmaking, and we'll be happy to lend a few suggestions and answer any questions you may have along the way!
    Na zdrowie!

    Wayne B.

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    Welcome to Gotmead Patchez! There's no greater resource to learn about mead than right here. Now, that being said, look into picking up a copy of "The Compleat Meadmaker" by Ken Schramm. Between the main site, that book, and everything you'll find here in the forum you'll find everything you need be get off to a great start.

    Read, drink, and be merry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandman View Post
    Welcome to Gotmead Patchez! There's no greater resource to learn about mead than right here. Now, that being said, look into picking up a copy of "The Compleat Meadmaker" by Ken Schramm. Between the main site, that book, and everything you'll find here in the forum you'll find everything you need be get off to a great start.

    Read, drink, and be merry.

    I keep seeing and hearing that book pop up in conversations and google searches. I believe I'll be heading to Borders tonite to pick up a copy.


    Thanks
    Chris
    Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -- Oscar Wilde

    The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind. - Humphrey Bogart

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    Thanks for the welcome everyone. Ken's book is on order from Border's as there where none in stock. It should be here this time next week. Priced some wine making kits at a local wine shop that also sells supplies. I also have discovered an apiary about 5 miles down the road from me. Funny how many times you drive down the same road and don't notice certain things until they might be useful to you. I drive this road everyday to work and only REALLY noticed the apiary sign by the side of the road since I've gotten more serious about trying to make mead.
    Work is the curse of the drinking classes. -- Oscar Wilde

    The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind. - Humphrey Bogart

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    Fishing and meadmaking make for a stellar power duo of hobbies. Nothing tops off a spectacular day on the water like a mead. Well, perhaps two might top it off even better.

    Welcome to our sublime compulsion. The more you do it, the better your mead gets. The better your mead gets, the more you love doing it. Dreadful state of affairs. Before you know it, you end up writing a book.

    Ken
    It's time for some woodshedding, Willie Mae. The blue light was my blues, and the red light was my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken_schramm View Post
    Before you know it, you end up writing a book.

    Ken
    I would but some guy wrote a really nice one already. At what point does quoting other published material become excessive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akueck View Post
    At what point does quoting other published material become excessive?
    When you receive notice of a copyright infringement suit?
    Of course, with the current state of things, I've got nothing left that anyone can take except my dreams, and some not-yet-ready-to-drink mead, so I think I'm safe. Unfortunately, this is where the path leads if don't write a book.....
    Lanne pase toujou pi bon
    (Past years are always better)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patchez View Post
    I was lucky enough to marry the women of my dreams 6 years ago on July 6th.
    Lucky Guy! Are they twins?

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