[Fwd: Re: hist-brewing: Strength of early medieval mead?]

Phil & Carol Reed pcr at ic.net
Mon Jun 9 20:36:07 PDT 1997


At 09:25 PM 6/9/97 -0400, you wrote:

>Dr. Crane was the director of IBRA, the International Bee Research
>Assoc., for 35 years.  One item that will be of interest in considering
>the harvest-size question: most surviving early bee-yards and equipment
>shows that multiple hives were the rule, especially in Britain.  In
>other words, even if a single hive only produced 20-40 lbs. of honey, a
>beekeeper with 8 or 10 hives would still be able to make a fair amount
>of mead!  

>From Hagen (again):

"An anonymous 13th century Husbandry gives two gallons as the average
annual yield of a hive."

                                                  ...phil


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