Resources for Mead Making

Author: LadySylvia

I have been asked to place a page on MeadLady that has books and links for resources for mead making.  Below are some books that I recommend for homebrewers in general.  (In Process.)

The Compleat Meadmaker : Home Production of Honey Wine From Your First Batch to Award-winning Fruit and Herb Variations [Paperback]

Ken Schramm does a pretty remarkable job breaking down the mead making process in this book.  This book is a terrific resource for those just starting out or brewers who have been brewing for a while and want to freshen up their knowledge base.  He includes a lot of practical advice, methods, and tips.  He also includes many good recipes that would be easy to try out as a new mead maker.  This book, in my opinion, is a “must have” for the mead maker’s library.

The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened (Dodo Press) [Paperback]

Digby is a common, albeit slighlty out of period, resource that is easy to read and accessible to everyone.  It has loads and loads and loads of recipes, most of which are mead recipes.  I highly recommend this book to people who want to start brewing period recipes who aren’t’ ready to spend a lot of money for 1 or two decent ones.  This book is a treasure trove and a must have for mead makers.


A Sip Through Time: A Collection Of Old Brewing Recipes [Paperback]

Cindy Renfrow has compiled a thorough presentation of period and somewhat out of period recipies for brewers of medieval beverages. She does a great job referencing each recipe and includes a helpful glossary of terms, as well as a lengthy list of herbs and fruits found in those recipes. Many of her recipes are directly from Digby, so there is some redundancy if you have both.  If you are a mead maker, this is a great reference book to have in your library.

Note – this book has more for mead makers than for those brewing beer, though there is something in it for everyone.

Curye on Inglysch (Middle English recipes) (Early English Text Society Supplementary Series) [Hardcover]

So, if you are itching to make a solidly period recipe and are willing to pay for the period reference, this is the book for you.  There aren’t a lot of brewing recipes included (most are other types of foods).  However, if you want to try your hand a redacting and recreating some truly period recipes, this may be a book worth purchasing.  It includes recipes for meads, ypocras (spiced wine), and braggot.   For the price, you get about 7 period recipes.   Fair warning – they are not easy to read and must be carefully redacted.  Good luck!  🙂

Other mead making resources:  (Anyone want to write a blurb for these?)


The Art of Cookery in the Middle Ages (Studies in Anglo-Saxon History) [Paperback]

The Goodman of Paris (Le Menagier de Paris): A Treatise on Moral and Domestic Economy by A Citizen of Paris, c.1393 [Paperback]

Making Mead (Honey Wine): History, Recipes, Methods and Equipment [Paperback]

Making Wild Wines & Meads: 125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & More