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Where to find kosher mead?

DajOy Jul 30, 2009 09:16 PM

sweet kosher honeywine MEAD?? I thought i found some, but then it looks like its only dry mead. Any suggestions? Stores in NY or online? Also i tried asking the local kosher wine store and she was like "mead?" never heard of it!

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    zsero RE: DajOy Jul 31, 2009 12:11 AM

    If it's a yiddish-speaking wine store, try saying "med".

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      ravchaz RE: zsero Jul 31, 2009 03:00 AM

      Why would mead need a hechsher?

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        DeisCane RE: ravchaz Jul 31, 2009 05:58 AM

        Get in a time machine and go back to about 1563 in Worms. :-)

        Seriously, I think I agree with ravchaz. Mead is just honey, yeast and water.

        1. re: DeisCane
          ganeden RE: DeisCane Jul 31, 2009 07:20 AM


          Deiscane, most mead is hopped as well. And most mead, almost all, is dry. And I agree with you and ravchaz, it shouldn't need a hechsher any more than beer. While there was a scare a few years ago among some about oenocyanins, I never bought into that (wouldn't be a problem with mead anyway), but before that virtually any beer was considered kosher. Now, I think most would see a potential problem with falvored beers )or flavored meads, for that matter) but failing that, I'd go for nonhechshered mead.

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            azcohen RE: ganeden Jul 31, 2009 08:14 AM

            I have a bottle of Honey Wine in my wine fridge (bought for Pesach one year), and it has been there for about three years. Since I can not say Hagefen on it it I have yet to pull it out. I think next BBQ, I will open it up and have instead of a beer.

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              HuMulcan RE: azcohen May 10, 2011 11:49 AM

              What brand of kosher mead, please? Which supervision? Where purchased?

            2. re: ganeden
              DajOy RE: ganeden Sep 17, 2009 07:26 PM

              are barrels not a concern?

              1. re: DajOy
                ganeden RE: DajOy Sep 21, 2009 05:55 PM

                I wouldn't be concerned about nonkosher mead, except for use on Pesach, unless I had reson to believe there were problems. I would think most mead would be made in stainless steel and not wooden cooperage.

            3. re: DeisCane
              DajOy RE: DeisCane Sep 17, 2009 07:02 PM

              I did ask and was told it did. perhaps I will ask again with this detail?

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          rockycat RE: DajOy Sep 20, 2009 06:26 PM

          Have you tried Skyview in Riverdale? In my experience, if it's alcoholic and kosher they either have it or can get it.

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            AdinaA RE: rockycat May 10, 2011 12:39 PM

            Usually. But I want the dry pomegranate wine. It exists. But they only carry the sweet/dessert version. They tell me some products are too pricey/arcane to be worth stocking.

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              SoCal Mother RE: AdinaA May 10, 2011 01:37 PM

              I got a bottle of the pomegranate wine from Israel and we all hated it, from the dry wine lovers all the way to the moscato lovers. Get someone to bring you a bottle from Israel if you must.

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                AdinaA RE: SoCal Mother May 10, 2011 02:03 PM

                You have now dampened my curiosity sufficiently that I will wait until a glass is offered. My thought had been that if there is now good, dry apple cider (wine) , why not pomegranate?

                Of course, most apple wine is said to be dreadful....

                I have, by the by, heard of individual shomer mitzvot groups getting together to make mead, but no one has yet poured me a glass.

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                  HuMulcan RE: AdinaA May 10, 2011 03:10 PM

                  If you don't care about buying Chinese products and putting them into your body, two years ago Dynasty Liquors on Ditmas & E 2 in BK sold OU bottles. Not too sweet IMHO.

                2. re: SoCal Mother
                  masteraleph RE: SoCal Mother May 11, 2011 12:38 PM

                  I agree that the standard pomegranate wine wasn't that good. The port, on the other hand, is interesting, with a tart pomegranate finish after a mostly standard port beginning, but you do need to enjoy port.

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                    berel RE: SoCal Mother May 11, 2011 01:01 PM

                    I visited the Pomegranate winery in Israel. I wish I could have brought home a case of the dry wine

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                lewyn RE: DajOy Jun 6, 2011 10:50 AM

                Good news- Ragnar's Reserve, half moon K hecksher. I got it in Atlanta (and will open it tonight!)

                Bad news- got it in Atlanta so can't tell you how to get it in NY. But at least now you can ask about a brand name instead of asking generally about kosher mead, which is much harder since it wasn't in the kosher section when I got it.

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                  masteraleph RE: lewyn Jun 9, 2011 08:29 PM

                  It appears the manufacturer for Ragnar's Reserve is Honeyrun Winery, www.honeyrunwinery.com which seems to make a number of flavors. Might have more luck with that than just the particular varietal that lewyn mentioned, and it seems like all of their stuff is kosher.

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                  Pgh Al RE: DajOy Jun 19, 2011 09:19 AM

                  You should try making your own mead. One part honey, three parts water, bring it almost to a boil. Skim off any foam and debris (use raw honey). Let it cool, pitch the yeast and put it in a fermenter for three months. Siphon it into a secondary fermenter for another three months (to get rid of the dead yeast), and bottle it. Six months later, you've got a delicious drink. I used to make it for Pesach, but the yeast hasn't had a proper hechsher for several years.

                  Mead isn't aged in barrels like wine, so there's no issue with old wine casks. It's also shehacol, not hagafen.

                  Al in Pgh

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