CHAPTER 16:MEAD

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Just as beer has its barley and hop fields, honey has hives.

BEER HISTORIANS LIKE TO WAX POETIC ON THEIR BEVERAGE HAVING BEEN THE CATALYST FOR EARLY CIVILIZATION, BUT MEAD’S HISTORY TRACES BACK TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS EARLIER AND IS LIKELY OUR EARLIEST FERMENTED DRINK. HONEY DISSOLVED IN WATER CAN’T HELP BUT FERMENT, AND ON A BASIC LEVEL, THAT’S ALL YOU HAVE TO DO—WATER IT DOWN AND WAIT.

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Clover honey and the darker wildflower honey make an easy blend for mead.

Often mead recipes will look like a beer recipe: A base honey ...

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