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The Mead Hall - Types of Mead

The Mead Hall

For the enjoyment of the ancient beverage of mead


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Types of Mead

Mead comes in a variety of types. The simplest form only has honey water and yeast, but there is more to mead then just your standard mead.

 

  • Traditional mead – Honey Water and Yeast
    • Sack Mead – A mead that started out with a higher concentration of honey and usually ends up higher concentration of alcohol
    • Short/Quick Mead – A mead that is not fermented to dry, or used processes to speed up fermentation and does not require aging Sir Kenelm Digby’s Weak Honey Drink is a prime example.
    • Great mead – mead that has been aged for several years
    • Hydromel – a very light and low alcohol version of mead
  • Braggot – Mix of beer and mead
  • Melomel – Mix of fruits and Honey
    • Black Mead – Blackcurrant based melomel
    • Cyser – Apple based melomel
    • Morat – mead with a mulberry base
    • Pyment – a blend of grapes and honey
      • Mulsum – not truly a mead at all but rather a wine mixed with honey
      • Omphacomel – honey and verjuice (common in period)
      • Oxymel – Blending of honey and wine vinegar
  • Metheglin – Mix of Spices/Herbs and honey
    • Dandaghare – mead from Napal which uses Himalayan herbs and spices
    • Capsicumel – a chile pepper based Metheglin
  • Acerglyn – Maple Syrup and honey based mead
  • Pitarrilla – a Myan mead using honey, blanche tree bark, and water
  • Rhodomel – A rosewater based mead