From the HBD Archive
From: smithey@rmtc.Central.Sun.COM (Brian Smithey)
Subject: mead supplies
Date: 1992-06-05 15:00:27 GMT

>>>>> mmlai!lucy!gildner@uunet.UU.NET (Michael Gildner) writes:

Mike> I've decided to try to make a batch of mead since I can't
Mike> find a commercial variety to buy. I've never tasted the stuff,
Mike> I'm just curious. --- The problem is I don't know where to
Mike> find good honey. Does anyone know of a good mail order dealer
Mike> or a local place in the Balto-Wash. area to buy bulk honey?


Mike,

I was recently in the same boat, and asked about sources for
honey. Many of the responses I received recommended trying
a health food store. They often sell honey in bulk (which is
a good thing, because you may by buying anywhere from 5-10#
depending on batch size and sweet/dry style), and their
product is usually raw, unfiltered, unblended honey, another
plus.

I brewed up a "sack" mead (strong, sweet style) about 5 weeks
ago, using 50/50 wildflower and clover honey. I think I used
8 or 8.5# of honey for a 3 gallon batch, and used Prise de Mousse
dry yeast (a wine yeast). Original SG was 1.110, and when I
racked it to secondary after 4 weeks it was down to 1.020.
It seems to be just about finished, but I'm going to let it
sit another 4 weeks or so to clear, and make sure that any
warm weather that comes along doesn't cause fermentation to
kick in again.

Good luck and happy mead making,

Brian
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Brian Smithey / Sun Microsystems / Colorado Springs, CO
smithey@rmtc.Central.Sun.COM

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