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    Mead? The primal wine?

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    Ok probably not primal, but anyone aware of any special health benefits of mead vs wine?

    I can't generally drink an entire bottle of wine in one sitting, nor equivalent volume of beer. But Two weekends in a row I downed a 750ml bottle of mead in one sitting, it was that good.

    I think I need to cut that out, but I wasn't terribly buzzed nor even hung over the next days.

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    Not sure, I would assume it's fairly sugary but I haven't actually looked at what kind of carbs it's got or if they all get converted over to alcohol.

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    My guess is mead is a very simple drink made with fermented water and honey. Wines are made with various fruits, and these can have a range of flavors. Sometimes wines can be heavy in flavor. Supposedly honey does have health benefits, but I don't know if the fermentation process affects these benefits.

    Oh and I read that mead can have 8-18% alcohol content, so maybe you had the weaker mead?

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    Sugary meads obviously aren't good. I've made dry meads, they're really easy and really tasty.
    Ye shall know them by their fruits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laconophile View Post
    Sugary meads obviously aren't good. I've made dry meads, they're really easy and really tasty.
    I'd still wonder what the carb content of them was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthFriendly View Post
    I'd still wonder what the carb content of them was.
    The hydrometer readings were in the low 0.990's on them, so they were bone dry, nearly no carbs. Most champagne yeasts can get them to bone dry easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laconophile View Post
    The hydrometer readings were in the low 0.990's on them, so they were bone dry, nearly no carbs.
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    You may want to be careful with mead - I'm a big fan of tej, which is an Ethiopian honey wine, but I know one of the main ingredients is gesho, which is a kind of hops (i.e. grain.) I'm not sure if all mead is made with grains - I might have to ask my brother, he got a little into the medieval scene a few years ago and made his own mead

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    Quote Originally Posted by paleo_hailey View Post
    You may want to be careful with mead - I'm a big fan of tej, which is an Ethiopian honey wine, but I know one of the main ingredients is gesho, which is a kind of hops (i.e. grain.) I'm not sure if all mead is made with grains - I might have to ask my brother, he got a little into the medieval scene a few years ago and made his own mead
    Only a few types of mead are made with hops, Tej is the most popular, and there's Braggot which is mead with malt and hops. They're both extremely rare in the US.
    The most common mead sold in stores in the US (Chaucer's) isn't real mead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laconophile View Post
    The most common mead sold in stores in the US (Chaucer's) isn't real mead.
    Chaucer's is the one I bought, and now I am a sad sad wabbit.

    How do I know real mead from the fake?

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