The Mead Institute from A to Z

Welcome to The Mead Institute! What is the Mead Institute The Mead Institute is a nonprofit international membership organization for mead professionals and consumers that promotes education and global quality standards. We strive to uphold the values of quality, integrity, diversity, and hospitality in our materials and programing.The Mead Institute is dedicated to delivering mead…

Quality and Price

How “good” is a bottle of mead, and how much should it cost? The relationship between consumer perception, product quality and commercial value in the beverage alcohol market is complex, mystifying, and continuously evolving. How the global consumer accords real worth to the drinks we consume is worth exploring. The core question in the entire…

Mead Structure

Structure is common in the mead world, and it takes on a different meaning depending on the author. However, this mead lover defines structure as a combination of sweetness, carbonation, acid, tannin, alcohol, body, and finish.  Here is a brief description of each component. Acid – how wet does the palate get from drinking the mead? Tannin – how dry does the mead feel…

Cap Management

The Cap is a layer of fruit, or other material including spices, herbs, or other ingredients, that floats up and is held at the top of the fermentation vessel by CO2 (and the buoyancy of the material) during active primary fermentation.  This term comes from the conical shape of the heaped-up pomace (in grape winemaking)…