Subject: Mead Lover's Digest #1097, 8 May 2004

Mead Lover's Digest #1097 Sat 8 May 2004


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Ken Schramm's Fall's Bounty Cyser ("David Jones")
Judges & Entries Needed, 11th Annual BUZZ Off May 22nd ("Christopher Clair")
The price of honey. ("Ariel")
BJCP Mead Style Guidelines ("Michael L. Hall")


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Subject: Ken Schramm's Fall's Bounty Cyser
From: "David Jones" <>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2004 20:25:11 -0500

I made Ken's Fall's Bounty Cyser (p. 168, The Compleat Meadmaker) on October
18, 2003. It cleared very fast and nice and I bottled it March 14, 2004.
When is a good time to try a bottle? When will it reach it's peak? Anybody
(besides Ken) made this before? My OG was 1.110 and it finished at 1.000.

Subject: Judges & Entries Needed, 11th Annual BUZZ Off May 22nd
From: "Christopher Clair" <>
Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 19:18:50 -0400

Brewers Unlimited Zany Zymurgists (BUZZ) is proud to announce that the 2004
BUZZ Off home brew competition will be held on Saturday, May 22nd at Iron
Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester, PA. For another year we will be
a qualifying event for the prestigious Masters Championship of Amateur
Brewing (MCAB) as well as the Delaware Valley Homebrewer of the Year. All
BJCP recognized styles including meads and ciders are eligible for entry.
For complete details and forms, please visit the BUZZ web site at

Entries will be accepted between April 26th and May 16th. For drop off and
mail in locations please refer to the BUZZ web site. Please, do not send
entries to Iron Hill.

BJCP Judges and stewards will be needed. If you are interested please
contact me or another committee member (contact information can be found on
the web site). All judges must be BJCP certified (any ranking).

Good luck and cheers!

Christopher Clair

"The mouth of a perfectly happy man is filled with beer."

  • – Ancient Egyptian Wisdom, 2200 B.C.


Subject: The price of honey.
From: "Ariel" <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 14:43:06 -0700

Has anybody noticed that the price of honey is sky rocketing? Is it just in
this area? I'm in Northern California, the silly con valley. And they want
$44 for 12 lbs. of honey at my local brew shop. I really like to go there,
but that seems high to me. Much higher than last time I bought honey there.
Am I insane? Misremembering the price of honey? Anybody?


  • — Ariel

  • — Http://


Subject: BJCP Mead Style Guidelines
From: "Michael L. Hall" <>
Date: Sat, 8 May 2004 15:45:23 -0600


I wanted to remind everyone that the BJCP Mead Style Guidelines
are out. You can log into the site and post comments about the
styles, and these comments will be considered for the final style

Here's how you do it: go to <>,
register (unnecessary but useful), and then page down to styles
"24-26 Mead". Poke around a bit, look at the guidelines, read the
previous comments, post your own.

I would especially like this group to comment on two postings that
I have made. One of the posts disagrees with the statements in the
new style guidelines that "mead is like wine". (I believe that mead
is like mead, not like beer or like wine.) The other post calls for
better commercial example suggestions, and argues that Chaucer's
and Lurgashall's Meads are not good examples.

Please comment whether you agree, disagree, or have some other
opinion. Please comment on the hopmadness site instead of the MLD
so that the BJCP will be sure to see the comments.



Michael L. Hall, Ph.D.
President, BJCP Board of Directors (Mtn/NW Rep):

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Member, AHA Board of Advisors:

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President, Los Alamos Atom Mashers:

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Drunk is feeling sophisticated when you can't say it.

End of Mead Lover's Digest #1097