Desert Gold Mead

This mead recipe is featured in the May/June 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

This semi-sweet traditional mead recipe comes courtesy of Scott Kurtz (Saint Louis, Mo., STL Brewminati, St. Louis Brews, St. Louis Area Homebrewers Guild, Route 66 Outlanders).

I decided to use the Almost Mesquite Honey from Trader Joe’s on a whim years ago. It became a favorite of a woman very special to me and has been my most successful mead to date, with multiple awards:

  • Best in show, Mead/Cider, 8 Seconds of Froth 2019
  • Gold medal, Mead Category, Hammerdown Brew Cup 2019
  • Gold medal, Traditional Mead, Hoppy Halloween 2019
  • Gold medal, Mead Category, Bluff City Brewers Annual Homebrew Competition
  • 1st place, Traditional Mead, National Homebrew Competition First Round 2017

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