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The Complete Guide to Mead Making Released!

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The Complete Guide to Making Mead should be added to the bookshelf of anyone serious about homebrewing and/or mead making.

I’m a big time homebrewer and I’ve had my successes and major failures over the years. Over that time I’ve read dozens of books and hundreds of online and print articles about the science and art of turning grain into delicious, alcoholic goodness. Through all of that I’ve often wondered about the mysteries of mead making. 

To the uninitiated, mead is the alcoholic byproduct of the fermentation of honey and goes by other names (depending on the ingredients) including honey wine, metheglin, cyser, melomel and pyment.  Scared yet?  You should be.  Even to me, a regular homebrewer with all the knowledge of yeast and their lifecycle the creation of mead was daunting.  Mead is the sort of thing that you bottle and taste every couple of months over the next several years to see how it changed.  That’s a far cry from the situation I have with my homebrew where once it’s carbonated in the bottle it’s enjoyed quickly. 

Enter The Complete Guide to Making Mead: The Ingredients, Equipment, Process, and Recipes for Crafting Honey Wine by Steve Piatz.  This new entry into the how-to category goes through the world of mead making from selection of honey to bottle presentation in precise and intricate detail.  As someone who would like to try making mead someday the book was educational and informative.  I really liked the quantity of recipes that are provided but more than that it provides recommendations on your own recipes that you can create.  As an engineer, the vast amount of formulas and calculations that Steve provides to ensure repeatability was engrossing. The photos are stunning in their ability to visually explain the process in addition to other photos being just beautiful (seriously, the photos of bees on their honeycomb is incredible).

Overall this is a really great book that outlines all of the basic information that a new mead maker will need.  If you are an experienced mead maker this book would also be helpful as it delves deeper into the more complex topics such as flavor development and blending which is beyond the scope of a new mead maker.  If you have ever been interested in mead making, this is a good resource to have at your fingertips as you will find yourself turning to useful sections again and again!

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