Mead is a type of ancient fermented beverage made from honey, water, yeast and other ingredients. Mead BJCP styles include traditional mead (dry, semi-sweet and sweet ), melomel (cyserm pyment, and other fruit melomel), and other mead (metheglin, braggot and open category mead).
See the mead making section for more information on how to make mead.
Use the citrus peel you prefer: half an orange or lemon, a whole tangerine, a quarter of a grapefruit, etc. Just use the outer colored part; remove the white inner pith, which can be very bitter. Please choose organic citrus. The peel will boil and soak in your beverage for some time, and it’s difficult to completely clean pesticide residues from the peel.
Fear not if you have no “warm fountains” as Digbie suggests—filtered tap or spring water will do just fine.
This homebrew recipe comes courtesy of Jeremy Goehring and Dustin Deisher, both members of the homebrew club the Lincoln Lagers. The duo's recipe earned best of show in the 2019 Michigan Mead Cup. This fruit melomel is an ode to their former club president Jeff Anderson, who bore the name El Hefe on his club shirt.
This homebrew recipe comes courtesy of Amy Olsen, who won the Michigan-Only Category at the 2019 Michigan Mead Cup. Olsen made her fruit mead with Michigan-grown mulberries and local wild honey. Incoroporate your region's local produce and let us know how it turns out!
Ken Schramm created this deliciously spiced mead recipe and proves that patience really is a virtue, at least when it comes to aging mead!
This is a medium-to-sweet, still metheglin (spiced mead) with several years of aging potential. It will have layers of complexity and will evolve subtly in its character and expression of spices as it matures.
This cyser recipe won Best of Show for its creator Tom Mendick at the First Farmhand Brewing Company Homebrew Competition.
The simple ingredient list and brewing notes are no mistake; the watermelon honey and apple juice pair perfectly for this cyser without any added adjuncts, giving the English Cider Yeast everything it needs to prosper into delicious apple cyseryness. Brew it yourself and tell us how you like it!