April 25th, 2011

If you???re considering making a bit of mead or simply wondering about honey wine, it might interest you to know that there are different names for different types of mead. Over time, mead has been through some changes, growing more popular in some areas of the world as history progressed before being replaced with something else.

Regular mead is made with honey only. It does ferment and uses yeast in the process. Mead refers to all honey wines that include the following.

Pyment is a grape wine that includes honey, anywhere from 2 pounds to 5 gallons. When various herbs and spices are added to the batch, it becomes known as Hippocras instead.

Molemel is basic mead with some fruit added.

Cyser is mead with apple juice or more well-known apple cider. In a typical 5 gallon batch of mead, 2 ?? gallons of cider is used.

Metheglyn adds herbs and spices to a basic mead batch. The list can easily become a long one depending upon the taste and complexity that a maker desires the mead to have. It can include cloves, peppermint, orange peel, cinnamon, lemon peel, ginger, and many more.


John Carter
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