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    How to make Mead?

    How to make Mead? Is there any documentation or story of the process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    You seem to be very knowledgeable on the subject.Have you tried any of these for your own experiment?

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    I havnt yet, I want to do it in the future.
    I brewed something called "dunder", with Valfar from the band Windir's recipie, but it wasnt very good to drink. Its really called "sats" in norwegian, and you use it to make moonshine usually. And I brewed blueberrywine.
    Honey is very expensive here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    I havnt yet, I want to do it in the future.
    I brewed something called "dunder", with Valfar from the band Windir's recipie, but it wasnt very good to drink. Its really called "sats" in norwegian, and you use it to make moonshine usually. And I brewed blueberrywine.
    Honey is very expensive here
    This is a very interesting subject so keep us up to date.Unlike most grain alcohols ,honey (and blueberrys) are very good for you.The Vikingr were and are a very hardy folk and from what I have read were next to impervious to the elements.People in my family almost never get sick ,but when a child or an adult started to feel "under the weather" a brewed mixture of Herbal tea ,honey and blackberry brandy was administered and then a good nights sleep with the windows always open.My grandmother from Norway brought this remedy with her from the old land.I have always wondered about preventative and medicinal properties of the honey meade the Vikings drank.Can you import honey from the USA? We have a lot here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    And I brewed blueberrywine.
    Where does it originate from? Can jou give me instructions/a recipe? I can get my hands on loads of blueberries for free...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wikingsdonner View Post
    Where does it originate from? Can jou give me instructions/a recipe? I can get my hands on loads of blueberries for free...
    I used grapes in addition to blueberries, the blueberries have alot of antioxidants and it can be hard for the yeast to take. But instead of grapes you can also add some bits of apple or other fruits, or pre-yeast.
    One good with about the antioxidants is that blueberry wine is conserved much easier. I used a norwegian recipie with
    9 kg. blueberry
    11 l. water
    2.5 kg. sugar
    If you pre-yeast which some people recommend for this type of wine you only need sugar, water and yeast for it. You can get good quality yeast in wine stores, and if you save a bit of it you can reuse it, just stick it in the fridge with some sugar. You use this pre-yeast to give your wine a flying start Everything you use should be as clean as possible and sterilised, this will give you the best product in the end. You can buy special cleaning products in wine stores. One thing I noticed with blueberry wine is that the color is very good, but I have only made it once, will have to pick more berrys next year. Its no problem if you use blueberrys that have been in the freezer

    There are some recipies in english here, but I havnt tried them: http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/request108.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    I used grapes in addition to blueberries, the blueberries have alot of antioxidants and it can be hard for the yeast to take. But instead of grapes you can also add some bits of apple or other fruits, or pre-yeast.
    One good with about the antioxidants is that blueberry wine is conserved much easier. I used a norwegian recipie with
    9 kg. blueberry
    11 l. water
    2.5 kg. sugar
    If you pre-yeast which some people recommend for this type of wine you only need sugar, water and yeast for it. You can get good quality yeast in wine stores, and if you save a bit of it you can reuse it, just stick it in the fridge with some sugar. You use this pre-yeast to give your wine a flying start Everything you use should be as clean as possible and sterilised, this will give you the best product in the end. You can buy special cleaning products in wine stores. One thing I noticed with blueberry wine is that the color is very good, but I have only made it once, will have to pick more berrys next year. Its no problem if you use blueberrys that have been in the freezer

    There are some recipies in english here, but I havnt tried them: http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/request108.asp
    I am going to try your recipe and substitute the sugar with honey

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    Mead is a Wonderful Drink..........

    As an Asatru Gothi, I produce several gallons, from 20 to 30, of Mead a year.
    We use it for our Celebratory Drink, in our Blots to the Aesir & Vanir. And we use it as a "Welcoming cup, or Horn" to Guests to our Home.

    Mead requires about 2 1/2 to 3 #'s of good Honey, per Gallon, to Brew properly. I've also on occasion made Mead with the addition of Grapes.
    Frequently I make it with the addition of 20% Malt Extract to the wirt. This is very Traditional also. And it adds a completely different character to the Mead. I've been Brewing Mead for several years, since 1991. I keep a few cases on hand, year round, so that we never run out.
    I also make copious quantities of Beer & Ale.

    Most Asatru Kindreds or Hearths keep Mead & Ale on hand for their Seasonal and Votive Celebrations to the Northern Gods. I'm sure there are several Asatru groups within your area, probably within an hours drive from you.
    Mead is Great.
    Have Fun
    Last edited by Grimsteinr; Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at 03:32 PM. Reason: addition

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    I am quite a home wine maker and have won a few competitions.

    Brewing is good fun and i really dont understand why everyone doesnt do it.

    I suppose i am lucky that I live in a rural area. September is my favourite time of the year and my fridge is full of my harvesting of local plants.

    Today my son, my best friend and i Spent a fantastic sunny afternoon picking Sloes from a river estuary.

    Good times.

    Seriously get brewing guys, free yourselves from alcohol tax!!!!!

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