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The Secret Art of Mead Making Revealed

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Mead is not difficult to make and you can brew up your first batch in an hour. All it really takes is water, honey, and yeast. And this book is a clearly written guide to how to do it.

It has clear step by step directions on how to make five different types of mead including a spice mead, a fruit mead, a plain honey flavored mead and even a sparkling mead.

The book includes a short history of mead, a look at the different types and flavors you can make, a guide to the equipment needed (which isn't much), and a frequently asked questions section.

Mead is a drink that has been shrouded in mystery for centuries but now the secret to how to easily make it has been revealed in this book.

Author: Wil Kalif
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: April 16, 2011
Hardcover/Softcover: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1461034663
ISBN-13: 978-1461034667
Keywords: mead making secret art kalif
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Site AdministratorRegistered: April 2013Location: New HampshirePosts: 776
Review Date: Wed July 17, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $8.96 Rating: 10 
Pros: An invaluable resource for the novice mead maker!
Cons: Would have liked to see a recipe for a basic pyment to accompany the others.

I am just beginning to learn about the art of mead making and this is one of the first books I bought.



It's a very thin, paperback book that is very quick reading, well laid out, and organized. 



Will Kalif begins by introducing the reader to mead, including a little bit of history behind mead, and a very simple overview of the process of making mead including some of the materials you'll need.  He continues by going more in depth and not only outlining the exact equipment/materials you'll need, but also cites sources for some of the equipment and includes his personal experiences with some of these materials.



As the chapters go on, he gives step by step instructions for making 1 and 5 gallon batches of mead which yield either 3-4, or 20-22 bottles (750ml) depending on the size of the batch you choose to make.



Towards the end of the book, he includes a trouble shooting section - such as what to do if you notice the lack of a bubble rate during the fermentation process as well as a handy glossary of mead making definitions and terminology.



If I had to pick a negative about this book it's that Kalif does not include a basic pyment recipe.  For me personally, I want my first batch of mead that I make to be a pyment.  It's not necessarily a big negative as I suppose maybe pyments aren't that common, but given the presence of a basic melomel and metheglin recipe, I would have expected a pyment recipe as well.



All in all, I was extremely impressed with this book and highly recommend it.  I bought a basic mead making kit, and have yet to start my batch.  I just assumed everything I needed was in the kit.  After reading this book, including all of Kalif's helpful tips, I realize now that I don't have all the equipment I really need.  As a result, I've compiled a short list of stuff that I'll be looking for at my local beer/wine making shop prior to starting my batch of pyment.


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