The NewBee Guide was written in 2006 by Angus, then a very active member of the GotMead forums, and a new, but avid, meadmaker. Angus developed several recipes that turned out pretty awesome, and the NewBee Guide was his very kind gift to GotMead to help other new meadmakers to learn our wonderful craft.
I have brought the NewBee Guide over to our new site, and will be making updates, corrections and expansions to it. If you have ideas on how we can make the NewBee Guide better, drop me a line.
— Vicky Rowe
“Welcome to the Newbee Guide to Making Mead. The following chapters contain the basics of brewing Mead along with a few pointers to avoid a contaminated batch. It is written from the perspective of a complete novice to brewing and therefore contains descriptions of the equipment and the ingredients along with the method. If there are questions that are not answered here, please pop over to the forum and search the postings. You will be amazed at the depth of knowledge contained within the minds of the more experienced members found there.”
NewBee Guide to Making Mead Index of Pages
CHAPTER 1: WHAT IS MEAD?
CHAPTER 2: HONEY
CHAPTER 3: ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS
CHAPTER 4: EQUIPMENT
CHAPTER 5: TERMINOLOGY AND CALCULATIONS
CHAPTER 6: THE BASIC RECIPE
CHAPTER 7: PLANNING
CHAPTER 8: RECIPE CALCULATIONS
CHAPTER 9: YEAST
CHAPTER 10: NUTRIENTS
CHAPTER 11: MEAD DAY
CHAPTER 12: SANITATION
CHAPTER 13: PREPARATION AND MIXING
CHAPTER 14: INTO THE FERMENTER
CHAPTER 15: AERATION, FERMENTATION AND RACKING
CHAPTER 16: SIPHONING
CHAPTER 17: AGING AND OAK
CHAPTER 18: BOTTLING
CHAPTER 19: TROUBLESHOOTING AND COMMON QUESTIONS
CHAPTER 20: WHAT NEXT?
APPENDIX 1: HONEY VARIETALS
APPENDIX 2: TYPES OF MEAD
APPENDIX 3: ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT
APPENDIX 4: PLASTICS
APPENDIX 5: INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THE MEAD CALCULATOR
APPENDIX 6: ABV/BRIX/S.G. CHARTS
APPENDIX 7: CONVERSION TABLES
APPENDIX 8: SAMPLE RECIPE
APPENDIX 9: HOW TO READ A HYDROMETER
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