The Complete Guide to Making Mead: The Ingredients, Equipment, Processes, and Recipes for Crafting Honey Wine

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Voyageur Press, Jul 30, 2014 - Cooking - 160 pages
DIVMead may have been €œdiscovered,€? as some suggest, when one of our not-yet-upright forebears stuck their hand in a fermenting bee hive and came away with a honeycomb containing a little more than they bargained for./divDIV/divDIVWhatever the truth, brewers have brought this beverage into the twenty-first century, and you can rest assured that The Complete Guide to Making Mead is a thoroughly up-to-date, modern, and authoritative guide to homemade mead. Best of all, it has something for everyone, from the stone-cold beginner to the seasoned veteran. Award-winning mead-maker Steve Piatz begins with a brief history of the fermented beverage; a rundown of the various types of mead; and a discussion of the many types of honey that are available, their characteristics, and where to source them. Readers will be treated to discussions of yeast and special ingredients, as well as what equipment is necessary and reccomended and an illustrated and detailed look at the basic process./divDIV/divDIVReaders will also discover advanced techniques, such as oaking, clarifying, aging, spicing, and blending. There are even a sections on developing recipes and troubleshooting problems with the brewing process./divDIVWith more than 100 color photos, The Complete Guide to Making Mead includes dozens of recipes for basic meads (honey only), melomels (honey and fruit), metheglins (honey and spices), and braggots (honey and malt)./div
 

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The instructions are clear, and laid out in an easy-to-follow format with plenty of pictures, which is nice for a complete beginner like me. This is exactly what I was looking for to start my beverage ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
6
1 A BRIEF HISTORY OF MEAD
8
2 CHARACTERISTICS AND VARIETIES
12
3 INGREDIENTS
20
4 YEAST STRAINS
38
5 THE BASIC PROCESS
46
6 FINISHING YOUR MEAD
80
7 PACKAGING
92
10 RECIPES
122
11 TROUBLESHOOTING
140
GLOSSARY
148
SAMPLE LOG PAGE
153
SOURCES
154
PHOTO CREDITS
155
INDEX
156
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
160

8 ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
100
9 RECIPE DEVELOPMENT
112

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DIVSteve Piatz is a retired computer engineer and an award-winning beer and mead-maker. A member of the Minnesota Homebrewers Association and the Saint Paul Homebrewers Club, a Grand Master V BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) judge, and an Exam Director for the BJCP exam program, he resides in Eagan, Minnesota.
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