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Old 09-18-2003, 07:50 AM
Mithril Mithril is offline
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How many calories in mead?

The subject line says it all. I'm on a diet and am going to a Rennaissance Fair this weekend. Mead is the best part of it, and I need to plan ahead.

Does anybody know the nutritional information for mead?
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Old 09-18-2003, 10:47 AM
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Well, mead is essentially a wine made from fermented honey. So, if you know the calories for wine, you should be pretty close to the calories for mead.

Certainly close enough for Faire.
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Old 09-18-2003, 10:54 AM
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Does it matter that honey has more calories than grapes?
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Old 09-18-2003, 11:34 AM
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Not really as those calories come from the sugars in the honey. 3 kg of honey for a 20l batch of mead vs. ??? kgs of grapes for 20 l of wine. (Now Iíve heard 600-800 grapes/750 ml bottle which gives 120-90 thousand grapes per 20l batch but 120,000 grapes!)

Itís the alcohol that will provide the majority of the calories, so take your alcohol content and serving size and work out how many oz of alcohol you have. I think itís about 200 Cal/oz so a 6 oz serving of 10% mead gives you ~120Cal.
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Old 09-18-2003, 01:17 PM
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Opps. Might be higher if there are residual sugars following the fermentation.
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Old 09-18-2003, 01:38 PM
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Thanks! If I budget my calories right, I can have a grand old time at the Faire!
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Old 09-18-2003, 09:23 PM
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I admit Im young, just about a month away from my 21st. but wow they still make mead? I mean I know it was Beowulfs drink of choice, but never thought I would get to try it.... is there any mass produced product that is close to Mead. (And before you wonder, Ive only had 6 drinks in my entire life.... I'm rare I know, but then again, I joined this board so my Intelligence has to be high. ;-) )
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Old 09-18-2003, 09:38 PM
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Mmmmmmmm, mead! I love mead, the taste is great. Even though I gotta admit that I thought it was a bit... girly-tasting for such a manly-man Anglo-Saxon mighty warriors drink. Ah well, it just makes me giggle a bit when I read my copy of Beowulf.

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Old 09-18-2003, 10:25 PM
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Meeko, wouln't make mead your first foray into alcohol. Still mead like Beowulf chugged is an acquired taste.

Now Sparkling Raspberry Melomel... whoo baby. That stuff is good.

And I had my first brackett this summer at a lovely beer festival in Wisconsin, and I liked that even better than melomel.

(Melomel - mead with fruit. Brackett - mead made with malted Barley)

And yes, it is still made, usually from small craft brewers. Here's a reference: http://www.aboutmead.com/about/mead_types.html

Can't have fermented honey continue to be confined to just Renn Faires!
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