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Curt & Kathy's Sweet Mead Kit


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A pure, unadulterated sweet mead from your choice of a single honey variety.

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Honey varieties can taste incredibly different from one another. The best way to savor their flavors is to make a pure, unadulterated sweet mead from a single honey variety. This kit was designed by 2005 mead maker of the year Curt Stock, and it showcases his proven techniques for making mead. We offer this kit with each type of honey we sell, and we encourage you to try them all!

Curt & Kathy's Sweet Mead Kit Complete Instructions
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Overall a good kit
Nice kit but I will not know what the finished product will taste like for several more months. Was easy to use with clear directions.
February 11, 2018
3 months ago
Haven't made the mead yet but looked over the instructions. Somewhat confusing as the ingredients are not labeled the same as the ones called for in the instructions and appears one ingredient is missing.
June 3, 2017
11 months ago
Great basic mead.
This is my second time making this mead. Very easy. My plan was to add cranberries to it, but it was so smooth after primary fermentation that I decided to leave it alone. pH was spot on.
March 12, 2017
1 year ago
So far so good still in second fermentation, far from finished!
January 27, 2017
1 year ago
Comprehensive kit, awesome price, incredible results
Ordered a wildflower honey kit with 20% off - that beats every price I could find for unpasteurized wildflower honey (even local apiaries!). Anyway, this kit includes everything you need to make great mead. I added 1 gallon of "Just Tart Cherry" juice in place of 1 of the gallons of water, and did everything else the same - the result is an incredible fruit mead that blew my mind! The honey imparts a complex woody, flowery backbone that is perfectly complemented by the tart sweetness of the red cherries. It is far and away my best mead! Ordering more kits very soon :)
November 27, 2016
Very Good
This is my first time making mead. Excellent, instructions are very easy to understand. So far it smells yummy. still has a ways to go before bottling
May 14, 2016
Fast Fermentation
In the years I have been brewing this is no doubt the fastest fermentation of mead I have ever had. The nutrients in this kit were amazing and finished in record time. It is now in secondary with a few vanilla beans and should be ready to sample by fourth of July. The mead at racking already tasted rather good. I will definitely purchase this kit again as it is a great value.
March 12, 2016
Great Mead Every Time
This is both a review and information for those of you buying this kit.I have used this kit twice and each time the products were extremely clear and delicious. My 3rd batch is currently clarifying and so far it also appears to be a fantastic batch. Each batch has been progressively better than the last.Pros: Easy to follow instructions and produces great results every time (for me).Cons: Following the instructions does NOT produce a Sweet Mead. I followed the instructions 3 times to the letter and each time the product has been a DRY mead. This isn't a complaint because the mead is delicious. But to get a Sweet Mead you will need to take a Brix / SG reading every day and instead of waiting 2 weeks for primary fermentation, you will need to stop fermentation after about 8 or 9 days assuming fermentation at a constant 68 degrees F. (Just FYI) Either way, you will get a fantastic product.
December 3, 2014
Second batch is better than first
Waited an extra two months before bottling, and the flavor is fantastic. We compared this second batch with our first from last Christmas and that confirmed that the wait was worth it.One suggestion (besides waiting a little longer) is to bottle in 12 oz bottles. We put up 22 oz bottles the first go round, and this stuff is so strong and sweet that it is hard to drink a whole large bottle without help. The 12 oz are just right. Plus there are more of them, so I can give more as presents at Christmas this year.
October 26, 2012
2nd batch in fermenter
Made this last year for Christmas, starting in June. Everybody loved it that tried it. Took to an office party where 30-40 people had some. Also gave a few bottles away as gifts. Would like to have a few bottles around all year long, so have another batch getting ready now. Around June or July, we will make another batch for Christmas.Much more like a sweet wine that a beer. I tried adding sugar when bottling to half the batch, but it all came out flat with no carbonation. No worries, it all tasted wonderful.Have only tried the Orange Blossom Honey, but I figure that as long as it takes to see the results, I will stick with what I know is good.
April 28, 2012
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Going to try making mead for the first time. Would it better to start with the less expensive wild flower kit? What is the difference in taste between wild flower and orange blossom?
Desert Rain on Jun 11, 2016

Thanks for contacting us! Making mead isn't nearly as difficult as brewing beer, so I don't think you should be too worried about your first crack at it. Both types of honey will make excellent mead, but they will be a little different. WIld Flower is generally more accessible and economical, because it is made from a variety of pollens. "Wild Flower" can mean just about anything, and it can be difficult to replicate a recipe, but I've had some really fantastic meads from wild flower honey. Orange blossom honey is made with pollen in a more controlled environment, basically the bees are kept in an orange grove and only use orange pollen. The honey usually has a floral, citrus kind of aroma. It is more rare, being harder to produce and source, but it is not necessarily a higher quality--it's just more orangey.

If you're interested, here's a pretty good short pour article on Mead making by one of our Brewmasters.

Hope that helps!


What's in the ki?
A shopper on Dec 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Has all of the ingredients needed for a 5 gal batch except the water. Instructions were easy to follow. Mine is still in the aging stage and should be ready to bottle in Jan. Getting excited.
Any thoughts on NOT using a secondary fermenter? Has anyone tried it? Pros and Cons? Tips or Warnings?
A shopper on Apr 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting Northern Brewer. I understand you have questions about secondary fermentation. We do recommend using a secondary fermentor in this particular recipe, which will give you a higher quality end product by getting the mead off the lees or the sediment by-product that forms from the yeast eating the sugar. This will help to prevent off-flavors from letting it sit on that sediment too long, as well as give it the time needed to have a beautifully clear mead in the end. Cheers!
has anyone tried breaking this out into gallon size jars for secondary with different fruit additives or other spices? first timer here, looking for suggestions
A shopper on Mar 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I did not try any fruit in this mead or spices as it was my first attempt at a clear mead, I have however made Curt and Kathy’s BlackBerry melomel and it was well liked by everybody. They did not include any purée in the Orange Blossom Honey.
Mead making can be a year long process. How long from start to drinkable product?
A shopper on Jun 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Definitely less than a year for this set. I'm pretty sure the earliest to drink is 14 days according to the kit, they say it's best around 6 months. 2-3 months is fine.

However, if you're thinking of buying I'd recommend adding all the yeast nutrients at once. The instructions say to do half at first then half in 7 days, but that caused my fermentation to start too slowly, giving it time to get a bacterial infestation. Made the product taste pretty poorly.
Just curious , what is the finishing alcohol % for this kit? Thanks!
A shopper on Oct 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used a different yeast, but I got 12%
How many gallons is this recipe?
M E on Nov 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 5 Gallons. Just made it today! Super easy
I posted this before but I think it got lost so sorry if this is a repeat.
What is the best kit for brewing mead? I'm a new brewer so I want to make sure I get the right equipment, And I'd love to get it all from your site.
Clint L on Nov 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Master Vintner® Wine Starter Kit has everything you need to get started at a decent price.
What is the best kit for brewing Mead? I'm a new brewer so I'm not sure what equipment would serve me best.
A shopper on Nov 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting Northern Brewer. I understand you would like to start brewing mead. I would actually suggest getting the Master Vintner Wine Making Starter kit, which would also be suitable for making mead, since mead is honey wine. Cheers!
Where can I buy your Curt & Kathys yeast nutrient blend sachets? Or can you recommend a substitute as I don't really want to pay for shipping of 15 pounds of honey to Australia.
A shopper on May 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The nutrient blend is 1/8 oz yeast nutrient and 1/10 oz energizer per dose
Re: Bottles -- I use gal jugs and 1/2 gal growlers with screw tops for a lot of my wines. Can these be used with a carbonated meade?
J D on Aug 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your question! The jugs and growlers won't hold carbonation quite as well as beer bottles with standard crown caps. Especially if you'll be carbonating in the bottles you can run into under carbonation issues.

The instructions that come with the kit mention using 12 and 22 oz beer bottles for bottling + crimp caps. Can this mead also be bottled in a 750 ml wine bottle using a cork?
M D on Mar 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you are hoping to carbonate it in the bottles with priming sugar, you'd have to use capped bottles. If you are making it "still" ( uncarbonated ) it would be fine to package it in wine bottles with regular corks. - Mike W, Northern Brewer

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