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New To Mead


Registered Member
Aug 5, 2005
Hello everyone! I have just joined a Ren reenactment group and I have volunteered to make Mead for our group. I was wondering if anyone knows a very simple recipe that doesn't take to long to ferment. Also what basics do I need to start brewing Mead?

Thank You


Senior Member
Lifetime GotMead Patron
Dec 8, 2004
Welcome to the Forums! You'll find this place to be filled with advice and innovation, and a nice group of mead maniacs to boot! Here's a link to the ongoing discussion of Joe Mattioli's Ancient Orange recipe -- a perfect and fast mead for the newbie and experienced mazer alike:


Here's another link to more talk about it:


And more talk yet:


Really, there's no need to read all of it unless you're hooked -- there's even more conversation about it tucked away here and there, if you do a search. The recipe is nearly foolproof, and yields a very nice spiced mead that would be a hit with the RenFair folk, I'd guess.