makes roughly 1 US gallon after headspace and spillage are factored in Ingredients 3 1/2 pounds (1.5 kgs.) of honey 1 large orange 1 small handful of raisins 1 cinnamon stick 2 cloves pinch of nutmeg and allspice (optional) 1 sachet bread yeast water to just under 4 liters Procedure Cut orange into eigths. Add orange slices (peels and all) to a 4 liter jug, then add honey, spices, and water to 4 liters, less headspace. Cap and shake, mixing well. Uncap, add yeast. Cap and shake again. Uncap and attach waterlock. Let sit for 2 to 2 1/2 months. When mead is clear syphon it into clean bottles. Cap or cork these. Mead is now ready to drink, but gets better with age. Additional Reading The obligatory Wikipedia article A nice overview of mead history and nomenclature. (I've contributed to it myself, so you just know it's good!) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mead Gotmead.com The single biggest mead resource on the Web. The forums are particularly useful. Many very knowledgeable and friendly people hang out here. http://www.gotmead.com The Mead Lover's Digest A venerable email forum, that gets sent out whenever there's enough content to fill and issue. Lots of good advice and recipes here. This is the introduction/signup page. http://www.talisman.com/mead/
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