Mead Lover's Digest #1606 Sat 3 November 2012


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Re: Mead Lover's Digest #1605, 27 October 2012 (Carter_Linda_L)
Pre-crystalization or Glucose deficient honey for mead making. (Henry Murray)


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Subject: Re: Mead Lover's Digest #1605, 27 October 2012
From: Carter_Linda_L <>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:53:42 -0500

Sounds like Joe's Ancient Orange Mead.
> >
> > Subject: Beginner's Mead
> > From: One Faller <>
> > Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:11:51 -0400
> >
> > I read a recipe for a beginner's mead a while back, and I can't seem
> > to find it again…
> >
> > It was written in a very cute/conversational style.
> >
> > I want to say it was 2# honey in a gallon jug, 1 orange, a handful of
> > raisins, and Bread yeast…
> >
> > anyone?

Subject: Pre-crystalization or Glucose deficient honey for mead making.
From: Henry Murray <>
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:15:32 -0400

In addition to the pollen, fragrances from the fruits/flowers that the bees
go to, there is the sugar distribution that makes each honey distinct. Ken
Schramm gives a great discussion and detailed chart of the sugars mixes
that are present in honey [pages 96-7 in The Complete Mead Maker, 2003].

Among the points he makes is that the distribution of sugar types has an impact
on the final complexity of the mead.

So, what would the final effect be on mead if you deliberately
crystallized-out some of the sugar [glucose] and used glucose deficient
honey to make the mead? I would suspect that you might need 10% more honey
from this pre-crystalized honey to make the mead just to have sufficient
sugars content to make the mead you would ordinarily make. I would think
that the pollen and fragrances would be concentrated in this process
leading to that more complex tasting mead that Schramm alludes to. Several
references I read say that glucose is the sugar that crystallizes first,
given the interest in diabetes, there must be a simple way for mead makes
to check the glucose level of their honey.

So, my questions:

1) Any one actually tried to crystalize some of the sugars out of honey and
used this glucose deficient honey in mead?

2) Any pit-falls besides making my mead more expensive and time-consuming?

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.

Hal Murray/ The Meadery along the Musconetcong River/Bloomsbury NJ


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