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Palladius’ Pomegranate Mead c.400 CE

A Small Pomegranate (Credit Tomomarusan) Today’s recipe is for the first batch of mead I made as part of my current efforts to research and re-create historical meads was started November of 2016. This was after I had already spent … Continue reading

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Rhodomel from Dioscorides

This week’s recipe is the last from our exploration of one edition of Dioscorides’ De Materia Medica. Further exploration of various editions of Dioscorides will show additional recipes. Some of these are variants of the recipes we have been looking … Continue reading

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Dioscorides Vinum Apites

The bad news is I missed a week. The good news is, this week’s recipe could be argued to be 4 recipes in one. We are near the end of our Dioscorides mead recipes. One more after this. 1516 Baptista/Barolo … Continue reading

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Cider Recipe – Introducing Historical Brewing Sourcebook I

I settled on a unifying concept for my (first?) ‘Mystery of Mead’ book a few months ago. I’m thrilled with it. But … it has some complicated topics and requires a lot of work. In order to achieve some more … Continue reading

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Dioscorides Omphacomel

Dioscorides held primacy in the botanical world for almost 1500 years. In the 16th century, that began to change. In among the religious upheavals, political strife, and innumerable changes of the age of exploration, science and technology also began to … Continue reading

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Mead from Quince Honey

Building on last week’s recipe. The recipe for last week was taken from a 1518 version of Dioscorides because the 1516 that I have been using was less clear on the quince recipes. But the 1518 left the mead made … Continue reading

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Dioscorides Vinum Melomel (Cydonites)

Making up for last week’s missing entry (I had a lot of fun on vacation), this week’s entry contains two recipes for the same product. My Quince Source I’ve already mentioned that there were at least 200 editions of Dioscorides’ … Continue reading

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Oxymel- A conundrum

Oxymel (oximel) is a drink made from honey and vinegar, usually also adding water. This drink was often a base for addition of medicinal herbs. Oxymel is often prominently featured in texts with Arabic roots, where the Islamic prohibition of … Continue reading

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1516 Barbaro Thallasiomel

Dioscorides’ text is at its core a list of plants (and other materials) and their appearance, and medical effects. This is not, on the surface, a place where one would expect to find recipes for mead. Yet the core Dioscorides … Continue reading

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1516 Hydromel: Barbaro & Baptista

The book I am drawing my recipes from has two primary authors. Ermolao (Hermolao) Barbaro (Hermolaus Barbarus) 1454-1493 was born in Venice and died in Rome. Son of a politician, he also went into politics (where he was involved in … Continue reading

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