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Mead

Combining Honey, Water and Yeast to Make the Nectar of the Gods.


Mead needs to age for a few months just like red wine.
Mead needs to age for a few months just like red wine.
The process of making mead is very much like that used to make wine. The primary difference is that the sugar needed to make alcohol comes from honey rather than grapes. The nutrients necessary for complete fermentation are enhanced with wine making additives.
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Mead Making Kits and Supplies

Welcome to Leeners Mead Making Shop! We carry only the finest ingredients and supplies to make your own ‘Nectar of the Gods’. From all natural fresh from the hive honey to preservative free fruit purees. We invite beginners to visit our Learn section for information and instructions. The Make section has great recipes for several types of mead. We love to hear from you, call or email questions or suggestions!
 

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  • Ingredients
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  • Bottling Supplies
  • Starter Kits

    • Equipment & Ingredient Combinations

      How to start making mead
      • Wine & Mead Equipment (3 gallons)(Combination)
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    • Equipment Only Sets

      Mead making fundamentals.
      • Leeners YMK Cider Equipment Kit(Each)
      • Three Gallon Equipment Kit for Cider, Mead or Wine(Each)
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  • Recipe Kits

    • Mead & Melomel Recipe Kits

      Honey and fruit mead ingredient kits.
      • Blackberry Melomel Recipe Kit (Each)
      • Blueberry Melomel Recipe Kit(Each)
      • Cherry Melomel Recipe Kit(Each)
      • Dry Mead Recipe Kit(Each)
      • Peach Melomel Recipe Kit(Each)
      • Pyment Recipe Kit(Each)
      • Raspberry Melomel Recipe Kit(Each)
      • Sweet Mead Recipe Kit(Each)
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  • Ingredients

    • Seedless Fruit Purees

      Prepared fruit for melomel mead making.
      • Apricot Fruit Puree(49 oz)
      • Blackberry Fruit Puree(49 oz)
      • Blueberry Fruit Puree(49 oz)
      • Cherry Fruit Puree(49 oz)
      • Peach Fruit Puree(49 oz)
      • Raspberry Fruit Puree(49 oz)
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    • Herbs & Spices

      Exotic additions for making metheglin.
      • Bitter Orange Peel(1 oz)
      • Cinnamon Sticks(1 oz)
      • Dried Elderberries(8 oz)
      • Dried Elderflowers(2 oz)
      • Dried Mugwort(1 oz)
      • Dried Wormwood(1 oz)
      • Heather Tips(2 oz)
      • Juniper Berries(1 oz)
      • Rose Hips(3 oz)
      • Sweet Orange Peel(1 oz)
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    • Plain Malt Extract, LME & DME

      Braggot is a honey and malt combination.
      • DME Golden Light Malt Extract(1 lb)
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    • Sugars & Sweeteners

      The purer the honey, the better the mead.
      • Clover Honey(1 lb)
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    • Freeze Dried Yeast

      Mead making yeast.
      • Lalvin 71B 1122 Wine Yeast(5 grams)
      • Lalvin EC 1118 Champagne Wine Yeast(5 grams)
      • Lalvin ICV D 47 Wine Yeast(5 grams)
      • Lalvin K1V 1116 Wine Yeast(5 grams)
      • Lalvin RC 212 Wine Yeast(5 grams)
      • Red Star Cote Des Blanc Wine Yeast(5 grams)
      • Red Star Premier Cuvee Wine Yeast(5 grams)
      • Safale S-04 English Ale Brewer’s Yeast(11.5 grams)
      • Saflager S-23 Lager Brewer's Yeast(11.5 grams)
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    • White Labs Yeast

      White Labs mead yeasts for homebrewed sweet or dry mead.
      • WLP720 Sweet Mead Yeast(35 ml)
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  • Chemicals

    • Additives

      The addition of nutrients aids in yeast fermentation.
      • Grape Tannin Powder(1 oz)
      • Yeast Energizer(1 oz)
      • Yeast Nutrient(2 oz)
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    • Chemical Acids and Bases

      Honey requires a little help from these additives.
      • Acid Blend(2 oz)
      • AcideX Super K(3 oz)
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    • Cleansers, Sanitizers & Cleaning Tools

      Keep your equipment in tip-top shape.
      • Bottle Draining Tree holds 45 Bottles(Each)
      • Cleaning Brush for One Gallon Jug(Each)
      • Deluxe Stainless Steel Bottle Washer(Each)
      • Double Blast Bottle Washer(Each)
      • Easy Clean(8 oz)
      • Pump Bottle Rinser(Each)
      • Sink Facet to Female Garden Hose Adapter(Each)
      • Straight A Premium Cleanser(8 oz)
      • Wine Bottle Cleaning Brush(Each)
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    • Enzymes

      Additives that aid in producing a clear beverage.
      • Pectic Enzyme(1 oz)
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    • Wine Stabilizer Additives

      Protect your mead just prior to bottling.
      • Campden Potassium Met Tablets(100 count)
      • Potassium Metabisulphite(2 oz)
      • Potassium Sorbate(1 oz)
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  • Equipment

    • Carboys

      Carboys for mead making
      • Vintage Shop 3 Gallon Plastic Carboy(Each)
      • Vintage Shop 5 Gallon Plastic Carboy(Each)
      • Vintage Shop 6 Gallon Plastic Carboy(Each)
      • Glass Carboy 3 gallon(Each)
      • Glass Carboy 5 gallon(Each)
      • Glass Carboy 6 gallon(Each)
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    • Crushers and Stainless Steel Tanks

      Large scale mead making fermentation vessels.
      • Manual Wooden Fruit Crusher(Each)
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    • Food Grade Fermentation Pails

      Easy-to-use primary fermenters.
      • Carrying Strap for FastFerment(Each)
      • Collection Ball for FastFerment(Each)
      • FastFerment Conical Fermenter(Each)
      • FastFerment Sampling Port Kit(Each)
      • Pail & Lid 10 gallon(Each)
      • Pail & Lid 2 gallon(Each)
      • Pail & Lid 20 gallon(Each)
      • Pail & Lid 4 gallon(Each)
      • Pail & Lid 6½ gallon(Each)
      • Pail & Lid 7.9 gallon(Each)
      • Replacement Lid for 7.9 Gallon Pail(Each)
      • Replacement Lid For Ale Pail(Each)
      • Stand for FastFerment(Each)
      • Thermometer for FastFerment(Each)
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    • Laboratory Stoppers and Airlocks

      A must have item for protecting all fermentations.
      • Air Lock Cleaning Brush(Each)
      • Airlock 3 Piece, Large Reservoir & Snap-On Cap(Each)
      • Airlock Twin Bubble Style(Each)
      • Better Bottle Airlock Stopper (Universal)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 02)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 05-1/2)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 06)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 06-1/2)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 07)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 07-1/2)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 08)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 08-1/2)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 09-1/2)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 10)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 10-1/2)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 11)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 11-1/2)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 12)(Each)
      • Drilled Stopper (No. 13)(Each)
      • Glass Carboy Airlock Stopper (Universal)(Each)
      • Glass Carboy Solid Stopper (Universal)(Each)
      • Rubber Airlock Grommet ½”(Each)
      • Screw Cap Airlock Holder(Each)
      • Solid Stopper (No. 02)(Each)
      • Solid Stopper (No. 05-1/2)(Each)
      • Solid Stopper (No. 06-1/2)(Each)
      • Solid Stopper (No. 07)(Each)
      • Solid Stopper (No. 07-1/2)(Each)
      • Solid Stopper (No. 10)(Each)
      • Solid Stopper (No. 10-1/2)(Each)
      • Solid Stopper (No. 11)(Each)
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    • Siphon & Racking Tools

      Mead making transfer equipment and siphoning tools.
      • Auto Siphon for 5/16” I.D. Hose(Each)
      • Auto Siphon for 7/16” I.D. Hose(1/2 in)
      • Auto Siphon Holding Clamp for 5/16” I.D. Hose(Each)
      • Auto Siphon Holding Clamp for 7/16” I.D. Hose(Each)
      • Auto Siphon Replacement Tip for 5/16” Hose(Each)
      • Auto Siphon Replacement Tip for 7/16” Hose(Each)
      • Auto Siphon Replacement Tube(1/2 in)
      • Auto Siphon Replacement Tube(5/16 in)
      • Bucket Clip for 5/16” Racking Cane(Each)
      • One Gallon Jug Auto Siphon for 5/16” I.D. Hose(Each)
      • Racking Cane Replacement Tip For 5/16” Hose(Each)
      • Racking Cane Replacement Tip For 7/16” Hose(Each)
      • Racking Cane, 24” tall, fits 5/16” Hose(24 in)
      • Racking Cane, 30” tall, fits 5/16” Hose(30 in)
      • Racking Cane, 30” Tall, Fits 7/16” Hose(30 in)
      • Siphon Hose 3/8” I.D.(Per foot)
      • Siphon Hose 5/16” I.D.(Per foot)
      • Siphon Hose 7/16” I.D.(Per foot)
      • Siphon Hose Shut Off Clamp for 5/16” Hose(Each)
      • Siphon Hose Shut Off Clamp for 7/16” Hose(Each)
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    • Tools, Utensils & Accessories

      The gadgets that make mead making easy.
      • Better Bottle Cleaning Brush(Each)
      • Brew Belt(Each)
      • Brew Hauler(Each)
      • Burgundy Carboy Cap(Each)
      • Carboy Cleaner(Each)
      • Carboy Cleaner Replacment Pads(Each)
      • Carboy Cover Shield(Each)
      • Carboy Dryer Stand(Each)
      • Carboy V-Temp Strip(Each)
      • Carboy Wedge(Each)
      • Epic Wine Bottle Serving Filter(Each)
      • Glass Carboy Cleaning Brush(Each)
      • Orange Carboy Cap with 2 Capped Spouts(Each)
      • Orange Carboy Neck Handle(Each)
      • Vacuum Wine Saver(Each)
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  • Bottling Supplies

    • Bottles and Storage

      Mead can be bottled in wine or beer bottles.
      • 1½ liter Green Bordeaux Bottles(Case of 6)
      • 12 oz. Amber Long Neck Beer Bottles(Case of 24)
      • 187ml Clear Bottles(Case of 24)
      • 22 oz. Amber Beer Bottles(Case of 12)
      • 375ml Clear Bellissima Bottles(Case of 12)
      • 375ml Clear Bordeaux Bottles(Case of 24)
      • 375ml Green Bellissima Bottles(Case of 12)
      • 375ml Green Bordeaux Wine Bottles(24 ct case)
      • 375ml Screw-Top Clear Wine Bottles(Case of 12)
      • 375ml Stretch Blue Hock Bottles(case of 24)
      • 375ml Stretched Clear Wine Bottles (Renana)(Case of 24)
      • 750ml Amber Hock Bottles(Case of 12)
      • 750ml Clear Bordeaux Wine Bottles(Case of 12)
      • 750ml Cobalt Blue Hock Bottles(Case of 12)
      • 750ml Green Bordeaux Wine Bottles(Case of 12)
      • 750ml Screw-Top Clear Bordeaux Bottles(Case of 12)
      • 750ml Screw-Top Green Bordeaux Bottles(Case of 12)
      • Half-gallon Clear Jug(Each)
      • One-gallon Clear Jug(Each)
      • Vinland Wine Bottle Rack(Holds 42 bottles)
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    • Caps, Cappers & Fillers

      Seal your bottles of mead with corks or beer caps.
      • Bottle Capper Bench Top Style(Each)
      • Bottle Capper Red Baron Hand(Each)
      • Bottle Filler Fermtech Pro-Filler(each)
      • Bottle Filler, Spring , 3/8"(Each)
      • Bottling Bucket with Spigot(Each)
      • Bottling Spigot(Each)
      • Bottling Spigot Vintage Shop 1/2"(each)
      • Bottling Spigot Vintage Shop 5/16" & 3/8"(each)
      • Oxygen Barrier Gold Crown Caps(144 count)
      • Oxygen Barrier Silver Crown Caps(144 count)
      • Polyseal Screw Cap 38mm Fits Jugs(72 count)
      • Polyseal Screw Cap 38mm Fits Jugs(Each)
      • Polyseal Screw Cap for Screw-Top Wine Bottles(12 count)
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    • Corks and Corkers

      Wine bottle corks for closing bottles of mead.
      • Italian Double Lever Wine Bottle Corker(Each)
      • #7 x 1¾” 1st Quality Wine Bottle Corks(30 count)
      • #8 x 1¾” 1st Quality Wine Bottle Corks(30 count)
      • #9 x 1½” 1st Quality Wine Bottle Corks(30 count)
      • #9 x 1½” Synthetic Wine Bottle Corks(30 count)
      • #9 x 1¾” 1st Quality Wine Bottle Corks(30 count)
      • #9 x 1¾” Aglica Wine Corks(30 count)
      • #9 x 1¾” Premium Wine Bottle Corks(30 count)
      • Italian Wine Bottle Floor Corker(Each)
      • Plunger Style Wine Bottle Hand Corker(Each)
      • Portuguese Wine Bottle Floor Corker(Each)
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    • Shrink Caps & Sealing Wax

      Match these colorful bottle neck toppers to your labels and wax.
      • Black & Gold Grape Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Black & Silver Grapes Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Black Flat Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Blue & Gold Grape Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Bronze Metallic Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Burgundy & Gold Grape Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Burgundy Metallic Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Gold & Black Grapes Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Gold Gloss Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Green & Gold Grapes Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Green Flat Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Green Metallic Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Purple & Silver Grape Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Purple Gloss Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Red Gloss Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Rose Gloss Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Ruby Red Gloss Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Silver Gloss Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Teal Metallic Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Transparent Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • White & Gold Grape Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • White Gloss Shrink Caps(30 count)
      • Yellow Gloss Shrink Caps(30 count)
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    • Tapered and Taster Corks

      Reusable push corks for wine bottles.
      • Taster Corks (economy)(25 count)
      • Taster Corks (plastic)(25 count)
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homemade mead with mulling spices

Mead Making

Honey, Water and Yeast Make the Ancient Drink Called Mead
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Mead Recipes and Their Traditional Variations

Mead needs to age for a few months just like red wine.
Styles of Meads Dry mead: made of honey and water only. It’s stronger than wine made from grapes and can reach 18% abv.
Sweet mead: slightly weaker than dry mead and has stronger honey flavor and character.
Cyser: a combination of honey and apple cider. This is the strong drink of biblical times. Both the honey and the cider will ferment to a clean dry wine. It makes a great sparkling wine when primed with corn sugar or honey when bottled.
Pyment: a blend of honey, grape juice and water. It is a great light wine for summer. You will be amazed at how much grape character comes through and the honey flavored finish is excellent.
Melomel: made from honey, water and any fruit other than grapes or apples. Our melomel recipes use fruit puree.
Metheglin: starts with traditional sweet or dry mead with herbs and spices added. For an exotic wine, check our herbs and spices selection.
Hippocrass: a combination of pyment and spices. You must choose your spice wisely so as not to impair the flavor of the honey and grape.
Braggot: the invention of ale. Brewed from honey, malted barley and sometimes hops. A ratio of one part honey to one part dry malt extract is a good place to start. Choose a low alpha acid hop to avoid making bitter ale.
Recipes
Cyser Apple Mead
Cyser is a combination of honey and sweet apple cider that is fermented into a tart wine beverage. Traditional Semi-Dry Mead
How to homebrew traditional semi-dry mead from honey and other winemaking ingredients. Nut Brown Braggot
Braggot is a strong beer made with honey as a major part of the fermentable sugars. Uses hopped malt extract to make a sweet style mead.
Melomel Blackberry Mead
Recipe for the blackberry wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Melomel Blueberry Mead
Recipe for the blueberry wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Melomel Raspberry Mead
Recipe for the raspberry wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Melomel Cherry Mead
Recipe for the cherry wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Melomel Peach Mead
Recipe for the peach wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Melomel Apricot Mead
Recipe for the apricot wine called melomel, a version of mead made with honey and real fruit.
Dry Mead Recipe
Brewing instructions for traditional dry mead made with honey.
Sweet Mead Recipe
Instructional recipe for making a sweet mead wine.