Clarre mead

Sack Mead

A Clarre is another form of a Pyment – a special form own a melomel, only this is made with grapes rather than other fruits. By definition, red or green grapes may be used. In its basic form, this is how a clarre is made, with only the residual sugar from both grapes and honey to balance any sweetness levels.
As with any mead, the final strength can vary, be it hydromel, regular mead, or Sack Mead.

It has been argued that using grape juice instead of disqualifies the finished brew from being a Clarre, and allowing the mead only to be classified as a pyment.
Whatever the real discussion of this ends up with, the basic procedure of grape as the main non-honey ingredient still stands.


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Høvdingen - Norwegian for Chieftain, is the nickname of the main author on This is a guy who despite having a full job at a normal company, dedicate all his free time to the pursuit of Viking knowledge, especially the use of natural ingredients in food and drinks. This is not to say that this guy is an expert on the subject - just very very interested ... Mead is one of the main interests, but the poor guy, this Chieftain - he has for some odd reason more an interest in the flavors, and less in the effect the alcohol has. Therefore- most of the mead he makes throughout the year - and that could be quite a lot - ends up with his VERY happy friends... ( and no .. there's no waiting list to be new mead-tasters ....)

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