Re: Need Birthday Present Suggestion
Neil check out the Intro to Meadmaking stickied thread, it has some equipment thoughts and recommendations. Most of all find a good local homebrew shop! They can walk you through equipment choices and you can see what all the fuss is about. Online you can check Williamsbrewing.com, morebeer.com. or other vendors (I'm not positive of the URLs but those names'll get you there). Many have mead kits, though most could be improved upon with judicious consideration. Which book did you get? I can opine on most of the main book's recipes or offer you one. My standard "intro" mead is a Concord pyment that's pretty quick-maturing, garnet-red and has broad appeal.
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