World Mead Day!

The first Saturday in August is world Mead Day!

The fermentation of honey and water to made Mead can be traced back for thousands of years.  Indeed Mead, or honey-wine is thought to be the first alcoholic beverage.

Here is an interesting transcript by Mark Bevan about the origins of Mead

Display of bottles of mead

Display of bottles of mead

which also includes a couple of paragraphs about bee behaviour for example why bees learned to dry the honey.

And if you are thinking about making your own Mead, here is a recipe from the Home Brewers Association that we like..

But if that is too complicated for you, perhaps you could try this from Hispanic-Roman naturalist Columella, written in around 60 AD

“Take rainwater kept for several years, and mix a sextarius of this water with a pound of honey. The whole is exposed to the sun for 40 days, and then left on a shelf near the fire”

 

Let us know how you get on!