Mead Lover's Digest #0255 Thu 13 January 1994


Forum for Discussion of Mead Making and Consuming
Dick Dunn, Digest Coordinator



Inspiration? (Ralph Snel)
commercial meaderies?, alt nutrients?, Irish moss?, fruit sanitizing? (Jim Sims)
Kvass/ This Digest (Philip Cutone)
honey bee list? (Jim Sims)


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Subject: Inspiration?
From: Ralph Snel <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 94 9:06:03 MET


I have a 'problem': I have a 12 gallon carboy, about 30-40 pounds
of honey, 10 pounds of raisins, a rather large selection of herbs
and spices, all the time in the world (when it comes to making mead),
a wonderful cellar at very constant temperature (due to a ground
water level that is a tad too high), and unfortunately no really
smashing mead recipes in mind.
Any suggestions? I like slightly sweet, non-carbonated meads best.


Subject: commercial meaderies?, alt nutrients?, Irish moss?, fruit sanitizing?
From: (Jim Sims)
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 94 08:13:39 EST

Does anyone know of commercial meaderies in the United States?

I've made a 1/2 dozen or so batches of mead, and am wondering what
other folks use for yeast nutrient and clarifying. I've been using the
~standard "yeast nutrient" from the local homebrew shop. Is there a
better/cheaper//etc alternative?

I've been using Irish moss in the last few minutes of the boil (of
the non-honey or fruit) ingredients. I left it out a coupla times,
but the mead took a long time to clear. On one of those times, i
mixed up some warm water and gelatin and added that to the carboy. It
cleared very well over the nex coupla daze. What are other folks

For the 3 or 4 partial batches i've experimented with fruit (raspberry,
blueberry, blackberry, plum), i've frozen the fruit first, then
sanitized by a quick soak in Sodium Metabisulphite(sp?) (winemaking
campden tablets). this seemed to work okay (no infections), but i
wonder waht if any off flavor this might introduce. The stuff smells
nasty. It also turns those nice hard frozen fruits into a mushy



Subject: Kvass/ This Digest
From: (Philip Cutone)
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 1994 09:25:06 -0500

Well, since that recipe looked very similar to what i guessed, and it
had no aging time required, i think i'll try my glop tonight…. If anyone is
interested, i'll let you know how it turned out.

On a different note:
I use rmail (gnu-emacs) to read this digest and it has a functioncalled
undigestify message which works fine for every other digest i read. (it splits
the message up into their individual messages) Anyway, it's never worked
for mead digest, so today i decided to look at the cause.

One thing after the initial captions there is a stream of hyphens (-)

emacs (rmail) looks for a longer string, like a whole line
(from lambic digest (which works))

  • —————–(begin quote)—————-



  • —————-(end quote)——————-


and at the end, there is a trailer after the end of digest message
(again from lambic digest)

  • —————–(begin quote)—————-

End of Lambic Digest




  • —————-(end quote)——————-


anyway… is there a standard which we are not going by? (as far as
the format of the digest)

I can write the code to append it to my message if no one else is
interested in this being changed, but it would be nice to folow the
standard if there is one.


bibunt centum, bibunt mille!

Subject: honey bee list?
From: (Jim Sims)
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 94 13:16:37 EST


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