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Jul 30, 2009 09:16 PM

Where to find kosher mead?

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

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    1. re: zsero

      Why would mead need a hechsher?

      1. re: ravchaz

        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


          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.

          1. re: ganeden

            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.

            1. re: azcohen

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

              1. re: DajOy

                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.

            2. re: DeisCane

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

        2. 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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          1. re: rockycat

            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.

            1. re: AdinaA

              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.

              1. re: SoCal Mother

                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.

                1. re: AdinaA

                  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

                  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.

                  1. re: SoCal Mother

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

              2. 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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                1. re: lewyn

                  It appears the manufacturer for Ragnar's Reserve is Honeyrun Winery, 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.

                2. 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