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What Is Mead?

Mead is defined as an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey mixed with water, sometimes along with other ingredients.


The alcoholic content ranges from about 3.5% ABV to more than 18%. The defining characteristic of mead is that the majority of the beverage's fermentable sugar is derived from honey.  It may be still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling; dry, semi-sweet, or sweet, and sometimes  such as fruits, spices, or hops are added.


Mead was produced in ancient times throughout Europe, Africa and Asia, and has played an important role in the mythology of some peoples.

The term honey wine is sometimes used as a synonym for mead.

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