In the comments section of my last photo update I told a commenter that I was making mead that afternoon - whole hive mead, specifically. The whole hive version is still on my list, I'm afraid, 'cause I just made plain ol' mead. But plain ol' mead is a beautiful thing - as much medicine as it is an adult beverage. (And I imagine the whole hive version is even more so.) All indigenous fermentations, like wild mead, are taken very seriously by everyone in the community, and they are always wild fermentations. And in areas of the globe where people don't have constant access to a wide variety of foods from around the entire planet, wild fermentations often serve the role of transforming a less nutritious food into something far more substantial. B vitamins in particular increase significantly in many indigenous brews, but the concentration of protein and other important nutrients rise as well. If you drink it whole, that is, as a living beverage. Not filtered, pasteurized, and zapped for good measure before being sold by the case to people who don't have any connection to the drink. I personally think that the more you remove yourself from the substances you put in and on your body, the more likely they are to hurt you. Drinking cloudy beer on its lees that I made fosters a wholly different attitude in me toward the drink than swilling a six pack of Budweiser purchased at the local stop-n-rob. For a really interesting read on this subject I recommend Stephen Harrod Buhner's book on herbal beers.
In my experience (admittedly only 2 years) the imbibing of mead is self-limiting, too. It delivers a light, comfortable, and somewhat dreamy buzz, and cuts you off when you've had enough. It's a lot like eating really nutrient-dense organic food (from your garden of course;) - you tend to not need to eat as much because your body obtains the vitamins and minerals it needs a lot sooner. I strongly believe that nutrient-density (or the lack thereof) is largely responsible for the obesity epidemic in the United States. But that's another discussion.
For now, let's just talk about mead.
Happy May Day.