After a hiatus as "The Beer Brewin' Bruin" I decided to brew up a batch of mead yesterday. For those of you wondering what the heck mead is, it is essentially honey beer. Beer is made from the fermenting of sugars extracted from grains. Mead uses the sugars in honey. Unlike beer, the flavors in mead are best when aged. I hope to be able to bring some to AC in July. My friend in Portland helped out a neighbor that ran a bee-keeping business. She ended up with a bunch of honey. I took about 10 pounds from her. After boiling it in 2 gallons of water for about 45 minutes along with some cloves, orange peel, cinnamon and ginger, I added another 3 gallons of water and some wine yeast. It is now happily bubbling away in the guest bathroom. The smell of honey fills the house. You know us bears and honey.
The side story to this is that mead was a traditional gift to newlyweds. It was believed the intoxicating drink would lower inhibitions and that the result would be pregnancy. It would take one moon cycle to determine if the woman was with child. So the period of time between the wedding and the first indication of pregnancy, during which mead would be consumed, was known as the honeymoon.
And now you know the rest of the story. This is Sabot L'ours.....Good Day!