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I have a youtube channel with over 20 Mead Making Videos


How to stop the ferment of mead

How to sweeten mead

Should you make 1 gallon of mead or 5 gallons?

Mead Making and Alcohol Content

Some information about Yeast

The Secret Art of Mead Making Revealed

New: 5 Tips for the beginner mead maker

It's all about the Honey - A dramatic look at how important honey is in mead making

For Beginners: How to make your first and easy 1 gallon batch of Mead honey wine

How to make a sparkling champagne style mead

How much does it cost to make a batch of mead? I have the cost breakdown here

How to make a batch of mead today! The fast, easy, and cheap way to your first batch of honey wine

The difference is the honey! A stop motion animation showing two different honeys side by side and how the fermented brew looks

Thinking about designing or buying your wine and mead bottle labels? Here is some information about labels and bottles that will help you

The Magical Transformation of water into wine with pics

How and why to use a hydrometer

How to use a wine thief to test your wine or mead

Dispelling the Myths about Mead

Thoughts about Mead and Wine Making

Important note about Sanitizing your Mead making and wine making equipment

Learning the art of Patience when making wine or mead

How do you know the ferment is working?

Discovering Mead

Mead by any other name

Checking the PH of your Mead to insure good fermentation (video)

Making Flavored Meads

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Using a Wine Thief to test your home brewed wine

Using a winethief

A Wine thief is a handy little tool that makes it easy to get samples of wine or mead from your carboys and containers.

It is simply a long pipette style glass tube. You dunk the end of the tube into the brew and then you seal the top end of it with your thumb. Then you can pull it out and when you release your thumb the captured wine will pour into your container of choice.




Using the Winethief

This picture shows the winethief just before the thumb is released which will allow the wine to flow into the glass.

It is really a handy little device and very inexpensive. It saves a lot of time and trouble when you have to figure out how to get a small sample of wine or mead out of a thin necked bottle or carboy.

Now you can taste it or check the ph of it or run any other test you want to run.

A Wine Thief is a relatively inexpensive item but if you don't want to spend the money you might consider using a turkey baster! It works just as well and you just have to make sure you sanitize it properly. You don't want turkey flavored mead.

Here is a wine thief at E.C. Kraus whom I consider to be one of the best wine making suppliers out there.

You can also get a very inexpensive turkey baster at

Turkey Baster

OXO Good Grips 38681 Turkey Baster with Cleaning Brush


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