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Mead Making Terminology

These Mead terms come from Forest Scott's Mead Maker's Page and some additions from the GotMead forum's NewBee Guide to Making Mead...

Types of Mead

  • Acerglyn - with maple syrup
  • Braggot - honey wine and malted barley, sort of a mead-beer
  • Cyser - honey wine and fruit or cider (apple)
  • Capsicumel - honey wine with chili peppers
  • Hippocras - honey wine, grapes, and spices
  • Hydromel - Light Mead, 10% alcohol or below
  • Mead - made with honey, water and yeast sometimes with flavoring ingredients Also can have fruit, herbs, or spices
  • Melomel - honey wine with fruit or fruit juice
  • Metheglin - honey wine with spices and/or herbs
  • Morat - honey wine with mulberries
  • Omphacomel - honey wine and verjuice, the juice of unripe grapes
  • Oxymel - honey wine mixed with wine vinegar
  • Pyment - honey wine with grapes (fruit or juice)
  • Rhodomel - honey wine with attar, a rose petal distillate, rose hips, or rose petals
  • Sack Mead - a heavy desert style mead
  • T'ej - honey, water and gesho
  • Weirdomel - weird combinations of flavors an additives

Mead Translated from Around the World

  • Aguamiel - Spain
  • Alu - Prussian for mead
  • Ayahuasca - Amazonian mind liberating liquid
  • Balche - Mayan mind altering mead
  • Chouchen or Hydromel - France
  • Hidromel - Portugal
  • Idromele - Italy
  • Madhu - in the Sanscrit Vedas
  • Med - Bulgaria and Ukraine
  • Meddeglyn or myddyglyn - Welsh
  • Mede - Holland
  • Mede - Frisian, and Low German
  • Mede - Japan
  • Medovina - Czech and Slovakia
  • Medovukha - Russia
  • Medu, Met, or Meth - Germany
  • Medus or Midus - Lithuania, Latvia
  • Meis - Eritrean
  • Melikatos - old Greek
  • Meodu - Old English
  • Meth - German
  • Methe - Ancient Greek for mead
  • Metu or Mitu - Old High German
  • Miód - Poland
  • Mjød - Danish and Norwegian
  • Mjöd - Sweden
  • Mõdu - Estonia
  • Nabidh - Arabia
  • Sima - Finland
  • T'ej - Ethiopia
  • Ydromeli - Greece
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