The medieval history professor at Troy and I have been decided to take on a new project; we want to brew mead.
Fun, yes? Exciting, yes? Just one problem -- neither of us has the slightest idea how to do it. I've been cruising the inter-web-o-net-o-sphere-thingy, and I've found lots of advice on how to do it, but I'm not sure which advice to take as a beginner. A lot of the sites seem to assume that you've been brewing your own wine or beer, and just want to add mead to your oeuvre. They have all sorts of technical advice that I'm sure is helpful for the less stupid.
Me? I've never brewed anything except tea. All I really know is that at some point I'll need honey and bottles. I also assume there will be some boiling, and perhaps some yeast thrown in somewhere. Beyond all that vagueness, I know nothing.
For my first batch, I just want to make something that qualifies as mead. I don't care whether it's any good or not -- I assume goodness will come with experience. Just so long as it can be defined as "mead" and won't make the drinkers blind, I'll be happy.
So, I'm blegging for advice. What's the simplest, cheapest way to make mead? Eventually, I'd like to move on to making it in a more authentic medieval fashion, but if anyone has advice involving microwave ovens, electric ranges, blenders, or any other completely non-medieval implements, I'd love to get it. Trying to brew really awesome mead in authentic period fashion is only a long-term goal ... very long-term.
*Note that this post is to console me after the evil gods of the internet ate one of my Morning Medieval Miscellanies, so if it seems disjointed, it's because my brain is so.