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#1 amikins

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:08 PM

I am looking to make my 1st mead. Ive made a few kits (grapes) and they came out ok, great for cooking. I started making Fruit wine, and ive had varied sucesses and failures. (I have been able to figure out why the failures failed, so i suppose we can call them learning exersizes. lol.) I have wanted to make Mead for some time now. My largest problem is I have no idea where I can get the honey. From what i see here on the forums, you need to start with good honey, or it is just not going to come out very well. I understand going to BJ's and buying a giant jar of honey is out, so where can i get these large quantities of local honey? I Live in eastern Massachusetts, and dont mind going as far west as the Worchester area. I can go to Rhode Island, and southern New Hampshire with no difficulty, as well as southern Maine. Connecticut if I must. Anyone have or know of any Honey sources in this area?

I am planning on making a mead with fresh cider, I have sourced a place in Southern MA that presses weekly once the apple season gets going.

Any help in finding some honey sources would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance.
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:16 PM

Umm .... go to they store or the local beekeeper silly ;)

I just say to 1st avoid any non-US honey more so Chinese.
2nd avoid processed honey that's reduced to a sweet syrup by pasteurization.

Google honey and you will find there are a ton of places by you - heres one bostonhoneycompany.com
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 06:38 PM

Surely you have local farmer's markets? I've found some SUPER honey from local beekeepers by visiting the farmer's markets. I will only use store-bought honey (even when purported to be from local sources) as a last resort. Local, minimally-processed honey is the way to go!

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:38 PM

Round here farmers markets are a racket, cartel if you will .... $6 for 4 ounces of honey is insane!

We just bought four 50 gallon barrels of honey, local Amish honey, mixed flower - and due to the drought this year is interestingly dark in color and flavor. $22 a gallon is what we are selling it for locally here.
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 10:18 AM

Do a search for "honey wholesalers". You will find what you want. Dutch Gold (a supplier I've used) is in PA. All these suppliers will have varietal honeys. I really like sourwood honey in my cyser (apple mead). Try to get the later ripening apples for your cyser and add some crabapples if you can. They add more brightness, tannins and complexity to your wine. Also tell your cider supplier that you intend to ferment the cider. Many of these suppliers ferment as well and kn ow which varieties make the best wine.

Sometimes becoming friends with a beekeeper will get you a better deal on honey. Search for a local beekeepers association. Sharing a bottle of your best in the interest of better relations is a great idea.

Good luck with your cyser!

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 11:23 AM

suburburbs, Farmers markets are around, but they sadly arent really local produce most of the time. No bee keepers there ether. maybe a pie lady or something, but thats about it.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 09:14 PM

http://www.honeyloca...m/locator/find/

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:52 AM

Depending on where is Massachusetts you are, try your local farmers markets or one of these groups:
http://www.massbee.org/
http://worcestercountybeekeepers.com/
http://www.hampden-county-beekeepers.org/
http://www.essexcountybeekeepers.org/index.shtml
http://www.middlesexbeekeepers.org/
http://www.easternapiculture.org/links/beekeeping-organizations.html#MA

Good luck and have fun!
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 03:12 PM

Check Craigslist
http://www.massbee.o...&ShowListing=82
http://www.carlislehoney.com/ (contact them and ask if they sell in the amount you are seeking)
http://home-brewing....ew=grid&w=honey
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Posted 01 April 2013 - 05:50 PM

Local honey found at farmer's markets and other locations (even at feedstores) is usually pretty good but there are many varieties across the nation. Last fall i bought 14 honeys from across the U.S. to make meads for an upcoming contest. Here are the places I purchased from, all found via a yahoo search:

 

http://www.flyingbeeranch.net/

 

http://www.bennettho....html#anchor_89

 

http://www.blueridge...honey_types.htm

 

http://crocketthoney.com/

 

http://www.sweetwatercreekhoneyfarm.com/index.html

 

http://www.walkerhoneyfarm.com/

 

I also have several meads from 2011 based on Sir Kenelm Digby's recipes that are really aging well. I used local wildflower honey for them.


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