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Need For Mead

Updated: Mar 14, 2014 5:08 PM CST

It is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in history. Manypeople have never heard of it.

However, it's especially popular around Saint Patrick's Day.

Rick Harris of East Moline says there is a need for mead.

Mead is a wine made from fermented honey.

For six years, , Harris has been making mead in his home.

Later this year, he intends to open a commercial business.

In the basement of his home, Harris has twelve, eightygallon fermenters. He mixes honey with water, pitches  yeast,  andstirs it up.

It takes about three months before he has mead.

For thousands of years, mead has been a preferred drink. Itgoes back more than two thousand years when the Egyptians and Babylonians drankit.

The Vikings loved it.

It's also a very popular drink in Ireland.

Mead is gluten free and can be chilled, iced, or warmed.

Ironically, Rick Harris lives in a house which was owned bya bootlegger back in the 1930's. The neighborhood was known as Bootleg Hill.

Harris believes mead is a sweet business and he is having ahoney of a time.

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