Yeast and fermentation for Mead
Polish mead – Półtorak

The Cyser

One of the more well-known styles of mead – the cyser is a simple way of adding a great taste to your mead.
through the use of apple, pressed, juiced or even as added fruit in the must, the mead takes on a whole new flavor.

Cyser across the world

We find this type of mead all over the world. The distribution between water apple juice or nectar, to that of the honey, varies, but wherever mankind has figured out to ferment apples and how to ferment water/honey, a successful mix has always followed shortly.
no archeological source on this, only logical deduction)

The mixology of Cysers

We find the apple/honey mix often ( but absolutely not exclusively ) in the following variables:

  • Honey / Water/apple juice
    A certain distribution, according to the desired flavor, of honey, juice and topped off with water, to gain a certain flavor strength
  • Honey / apple juice / Apple nectar
    A mix of honey and pure apple juice of apple nectar. This is more a unique manner of making this mead, and also far more expensive, thus adding to the uniqueness of the finished product.
  • Honey / water / apple pieces
    In this mix, the apples can be added in primary or in secondary, either to ferment with the brew or in secondary, where the alcohol helps extract flavor and character. Both methods have their pro’s and con’s, and both methods produce their own characteristic result.


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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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