Mead is any fermented beverage where honey is the primary sugar being fermented. There are tons of different kinds of mead. There are wine-style meads and beer-style meads, fruit meads and spice meads, sweet meads and dry meads, traditional meads and modern meads. Just about any type of fermented beverage you can come up with can be made as a mead.
There are swarms of resources out on the webs about mead if you want to dig further. Here are a few helpful starting points depending on what you’re after:
- Brewing Mead
- BJCP Mead Study Guide , chapters 6, 8, 9 & 10 are a goldmine of clean mead-making information.
- The Newbee Guide to Making Mead by Vicky Rowe, a little dated now, but this has so many valuable explanations about what’s going on in your mead.
- The book, The Compleat Meadmaker by Ken Schramm, chock full of excellent information and regarded as one of the Holy Books of the Modern Mazer.
- The book, The Complete Guide to Making Mead by Steve Piatz, is another excellent Mazer’s Tome.
- Learning About Mead
- Meadmakers Corner: A History of Mead: A Tale Over 8 Millennia in the Making by Stanley Kaminski
- Mead By Many Other Names by Trish Faubion
- The Origin of Mead, According to Norse Mythology by Sam Uliano