Tuesday Beer Trivia: Mead

Do you have a godly palate that can only be quenched by the nectar of the gods? Put your knowledge of mead to the test in this week’s Tuesday Beer Trivia quiz.

Mead is said to be the oldest known fermented drink, and it has long been entangled in the histories of cultures around the world that depended on honey for sustenance. Making mead at home is actually quite simple, and the results are sure to please!

After you take the Beer Trivia quiz below, scroll down to “Beer Trivia Answer Explanations” section to learn more about mead!

Beer Trivia Answer Explanations

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Question 1: Different types of honey will have various levels of moisture, which will affect the sugar contributions of honey. However, a generally accepted rule of thumb is that a pound of honey will contribute about 35 gravity points per gallon of water.

Question 2: Beer and wine may not have been far behind, but mead may very well have been around for quite some time before that, with a generally accepted date of 8000 B.C. as the dawn of mead.

Question 3: Metheglin is a mead style that incorporates spices, like nutmeg, vanilla or cinnamon. Learn more about the various styles of mead.

Question 4: There’s a reason for the saying “busy bees.” It takes about 20,000 trips by a bee, and roughly 4 million stops at blossoms, to produce a single pound of honey. The average colony of European honeybees can produce about 70 pounds of honey annually.

Question 5: Like beer, it is not uncommon for mead to cover a wide range of strength. Hydromel refers to a low strength mead, while sack refers to a very strong and sweet mead.


Sources: The Compleat Meadmaker by Ken Schramm

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