Geoff answer was brilliant.
Except for one, erm, minor point....... I seriously doubt, that any drinkable mead has ever been made using the recipes from the link. Honey boiled to death (making meads is closer to wine making, than it is too beer making). Excessive quantities of spices, that would render the result undrinkable. Ingredients that have no merit (sugar), etc etc.
For mead recipes generally, gotmead is probably the best place to look (for actual recipes, method, technique, tips 'n tricks, etc).
Whether there's any decent info about distilled mead, out there, I don't know, but there are a number of distilled mead products out there, especially from Eastern Europe.
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From: "geoff burrows" <jeffrey.burrows@...>
Date: Mon, Feb 20, 2012 09:54
Subject: [new_distillers] Re: Question
Hi hollis dana,
Before embarking upon brewing honey the first step to make Mead (fermented Honey) there are some fundamental things you should understand about honey and why so many people try and fail to ferment honey
Our busy little, black stripped yellow jersey boys, (Bees) have been knocking about for a long time The first honey bees evolved from wasps around 100 million years ago, about the same time as the first flowering plants, although these early bees looked more like wasps than modern bees. Bees and flowers have evolved together ever since.
There is a fossil of a honey bee in amber which looks very similar to modern bees which has been dated at around 35 million years old.
Here is a quote from www.worldwidewounds.com
1. Honey is a traditional topical treatment for infected wounds. It can be effective on antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
2. Honey is produced from many different floral sources and its antibacterial activity varies with origin and processing. Honey selected for clinical use should be evaluated on the basis of antibacterial activity levels determined by laboratory testing.
3. The antibacterial properties of honey include the release of low levels of hydrogen peroxide. Some honeys have an additional phytochemical antibacterial component.
4. Many authors support the use of honey in infected wounds and some suggest its prophylactic use resistant bacteria.
Hydrogen Peroxide can be described as a natural and effective anti-viral, anti-bacterial, & anti on the wounds of patients susceptible to MRSA and other antibiotic-
Phytochemical are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants. Scientists estimate that there may be as many as 10,000 different phytochemicals having the potential to affect diseases such as cancer, stroke or metabolic syndrome
All this anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activity all do there level best to kill our wee yeasty beasty guys or seriously inhibit there growth. So you need to go in with a good high density inoculated yeast starter.
You can do this if you start off a yeast sachet with some diluted honey steadily and progressively adding more yeast and more honey until your yeast are comfortable with the idea of fermenting neat honey . You are more or less inoculating the yeast against the natural well time proven defences of the honey.
Once you understand this basic principle about honey and make a good honey starter you can proceed with any of the 100’s of recipes on the internet. Type into Google “mead recipe” try this link http://tinyurl.com/dju7ch
if I’m wrong someone will correct me