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Making mead with a friend or family


Got Mead? Patron
GotMead Patron
Mar 17, 2004
Chicago area formerly Netherlands
I will be back in Chicago soon for a visit, and am looking forward to starting a batch with my younger son. Both sons have been involved with earlier batches, and designing labels. Among some of my fav memories. My wife is becoming quite well versed in it too, and helps with making and bottling.

What are some of your memories with family and friends? I would guess the are "Exactly the same only different." (Courtesy of the late, great Jim Glowacki).


Registered Member
May 9, 2006
Corrales, NM
A friend of mine is well known for making an excellent Chocolate porter (with actual Coco, not just Chocolate grains). One day in a hurry he brought a keg to a brew party without even tasting it first. Everyone complimented him on his Chocolate Mint porter.

Mint?? he hadn't put any mint in his porter, now there are lots of off flavors you can get, but strong spearmint is not one of them. After several attempts to duplicate this to no avail, he and some friends were sitting around the kitchen table discussing what could possibly have caused the Spearmint flavor when his wife looked at him and said "Honey promise not to get upset. I saw your daughter (about 2 at the time) spit a mouthful of those red and white after dinner mints into one of your carboys a couple of months ago". So now his Chocolate Mint porter is named in her honer.



Registered Member
Nov 14, 2013
Ann Arbor, MI
My 6 yo loves using the autosiphon, the floor corker, the hydrometer, pH strips. He's helped with almost every batch of mead and wine I've made in the last 4 years, it's pretty awesome.