How to Make Mead

You can make this delicious and refreshing wine that requires no ingredients beyond yeast, water and honey.



Jar of honey
The jar of honey in this photo will be used to brew several gallons of mead. The brewing process is fast — it only takes about an hour. But it will be quite some time before the mead is ready to drink. Mead should age for a minimum of one year. The glasses in this photo are filled with mead that has been allowed to age for five years.
MEGAN PHELPS
Bees mead
If you have honey, why not make honey wine, also known as mead? If you keep bees, you can use honey from your own hives, or look for delicious local honey at your farmers market or grocery store.
ISTOCKPHOTO/AMIT EREZ
Bottling mead
For a basic batch that will produce about 25 bottles of mead, you’ll need 16 to 18 pounds of honey.
AMY GRISAK
Honey in pot
To make mead, you begin by boiling water, then adding honey to the pot, and letting it dissolve.
AMY GRISAK











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