This mead is a fantastic summer short mead. While it is very good straight out of primary, a few months of age really brings the honey sweetness back. I was going for an easy recipe that didn’t require finding fresh fruit (of course, you could use fresh fruit). Since I plan to drink this around the pool, I wanted a nice counter point to give a nice cooling effect to the mead. Szechuan peppercorns have a wonderful cooling effect if done in small doses (large doses cause a numbing effect!). In addition, strawberries and szechuan berries go very well together.
Bray Denard is the inventor of Bray’s One Month Mead (aka “the BOMM”), one of the more popular mead styles among home mead makers. He provides help to mead makers around the world through forums such as Got Mead? and his personal website, www.denardbrewing.com. Research scientist by day, Bray is never afraid to experiment and is always striving to improve mead making through science and innovation. He currently resides in McKinney, TX with his wife, daughter, and son.