Traditional (or Show) Dry Mead


Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 3.5 - 18%
  • IBU: 0 - 0
  • Color:   2 -   30 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.035 - 1.170
  • Final Gravity: 0.990 - 1.010

Traditional mead is made with honey, water and yeast with no additional ingredients. Color and overall flavor will depend largely on the type of honey used (orange blossom, wildflower, buckwheat, avocado, palmetto, etc). They can be both sparkling, petillant (low-carbonation) or still. Mead strength is typically broken into three categories: hydromel, standard, sack. Hydromel meads are low gravity typically 3.5 - 7.5% alcohol by volume. Standard meads are moderate gravity between 7.5 – 14% alcohol by volume. Sack strength meads are the highest at 14 – 18% alcohol by volume. Dry mead refers to the final gravity of the mead. Dry meads have a low final gravity (0.990 – 1.010) with little residual sugar. This gives them less honey flavor and aroma than sweeter meads.

The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.