I started this about two years ago after going to a faire. The meadmaker got me interested, a friend encouraged me after showing their stash put away. Put this on hold until all chicks are out of the laundry room brooders, don't want to cross contaminate or worry about something exploding on me. I was surprised to find out that small batches taste far superiour to the junk promoted in specialty stores. DOES NOT taste sweet, cloying, heavy. I've made all kinds, from traditional to different fruits and mixed spices. Made labels, signed and dated all to give away as gifts or special occassions. I had one guy whom is very picky about mead ask for my secrets, said it is better than his. Its all in the research and gleaming from folk whom walk before you, right?