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What is a mead?

Somehow during one of excursions in cold winter day we came into small restaurant to be warmed. The announcement hung on a bar counter: “On sale there is a mead“. Many people think that it is vodka with honey addition, now many producers sell strong alcohol under such name. But actually real mead is a low alcohol drink which is cooked by a sbrazhivaniye method.

The mead was widely adopted on our lands since Kievan Rus`. Though historians claim that intoxicated honey drinks were known for several thousands of years B.C. When carried out excavation of Scythian burials, archeologists found the corked amphoras with honey wine. Probably, people put them to the dead in a grave as a sacral product which will be necessary to it in the next world.

Honey drinks drank in the most significant days - at weddings, burials, big religious holidays. Consider that the phrase “honeymoon“ comes from the fact that in time and after a wedding newlyweds drank honey drinks. Soldiers before fights also drank a mead, it gave them forces. In the Middle Ages the medovareniye was a priority of monasteries, and they often established monopoly for its production.

At the time of Russia the mead was prepared in oak barrels by natural fermentation and dug in to the earth for 5-20 years. But since the 11th century it began to be cooked that accelerated production process. Fortress of drink makes from 5 to 13 - 14 degrees, the main structure - honey, hop or yeast, water. Taste depends on what is used honey - buckwheat, akatsiyevy, lime. Special smack give birch and kalinovy sap.

The most important in preparation of a mead - the honey choice. The most qualitative drink turns out from the natural honey gathered in the environmentally friendly place. The best honey from a linden and an acacia, and also forest herbs is considered, they are not processed chemicals. Note that more tasty mead turns out from light grades of honey.

Now many beekeeping farms make this drink, spill in bottles and sell, having pasted a small label, having specified of what honey it is made also phone of the producer. And sometimes and just offer on flood from barrels. In it the big problem because it is not always clear what expiration date and quality of drink consists. The mead is generally made by small farms, and plants not always want to be engaged in its industrial production. It is simpler to them to make low alcohol drink, having mixed honey ingredients and juice with alcohol. At the same time the substitute, unhealthy turns out. Many producers prepare also a strong mead from 40 to 70 degrees. But preparation process absolutely another, there is mixed by honey and alcohol.

How it is correct to drink a mead? Drink it in the small portions in 20 - 30 minutes prior to food not to mix with food. Thus, it normalizes digestion, honey has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-bactericidal effect. Drink also increases immunity, calms nervous system, normalizes a dream. The mead is useful at catarrhal diseases and quinsy, heart troubles, an anemia. But it is worth remembering quantity. Many note that after a mead the head remains clear, and legs begin to be braided.

The real mead in moderate quantities is considered very useful drink. Honey contains a huge amount of vitamins, minerals and minerals. It gives health, cheerfulness, fun. The main thing that it was qualitative drink therefore it is necessary to buy a mead only from the checked beekeepers. It is possible to prepare a mead and in house conditions to be sure of quality of a product.

It is necessary to remember also contraindications. As it is low alcohol drink, it is not recommended to children till 18 years, to pregnant women and the feeding women. With care it is necessary to drink that who has an allergy to honey.

A mead - one of the most ancient drinks. Some time it was a little prizabyt, but in recent years the tradition of a medovareniye revives again.