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How to Start a Meadery

 

This is just some basic information about starting your own meadery. The information is not complete and I will be adding more information over time. This isn't meant to be an authoritative look at it - just some helpful guidelines.

 

First off - You have to have some delicious mead recipes, or at least one. The basic rule of business applies here. You shouldn't start a business if you don't have a great product, or at least a good product.

Second - How much mead have you made? Have you brewed scores if not hundreds of batches? Do you have a good feel for all the variations in the process? Heating? Pasteurizing, etc.

Third - It's a business; do you have business experience? Start up capital? Have you researched the market size for mead? Is it a viable product? What's the current sales in mead?

Okay now for some nuts and bolts of opening a Meadery

Mead is an alcoholic beverage and that means quite a bit in todays world. In order to make and sell mead you have to comply to quite a few different regulations with government organizations ranging from local to city, state and federal.

Your biggest partner in this whole process will be the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. It is a federal organization. Here is a link to their site ATTTB . They do hold compliance seminars that you can attend. Check their website.

Submitting your recipes for approval - You have to submit your mead recipes to the ATTB for approval.

Submitting your Wine Label for approval - You have to create a label for your mead that complies with federal regulations. This process generally takes under 30 days but can sometimes take up to 90 days. Here is the federal manual that explains these requirements:
The Beverage Alcohol Manual-BAM


 

Bottles of Metheglin

Make a peach or pineapple fruit mead

If you have always wanted to make a fruit mead (melomel) you might want to check this tutorial out. I take you through the whole process from start to finish including bottling. Make a Peach or Pineapple Melomel

 

Gulval Mead

How about some still sealed bottles of mead that are 64 years old? Yup, I have pictures right here. And.... this meadery is long defunct. If you know a little bit about mead you might want to take a look. Maybe you can offer some insight into it. I am looking for help with these beauties. Check out the Gulval Mead