Saturday, May 31, 2008


a small barrel in which beer is transported and stored [Scandinavian]
A small cask or barrel with a capacity of about 30 gallons (114 liters).
Such a container and its contents.
A unit of weight used for nails, equal to 100 pounds (45.5 kilograms).
kegged, keg·ging, kegs
To put or store in a small cask or barrel.
[Middle English kag, from Old Norse kaggi.]
[Earlier cag, Icel. kaggi; akin/Atkins to Sw. kagge.]
Icelandic kaggi (a keg), Swedish kagga, Norwegian kagge (a keg, a round mass).
keg (n) A small barrel or cask. Ice kaggi (a keg), Swe kagga, Nor kagge (a keg, a round mass).

barrel (TUNNA, kaggi) kaggi
kaggi, m. keg, cask, a nickname. Cægga

Old Icelandic kaggi ` keg, chubby person ', Middle Low German kāk `tree trunk, pillory', Old High German slito-chōho f. ` tub ', Modern High

Of Scandinavian origin(akin to Icelandic klunni, clumsy person), or of Low German origin.

My German etymological dictionary says the clown was a clumsy peasant in Old English theatre. The word is believed to come from French "colon", Latin "colonus" (peasant/settler).

ceig: a mass of shag, clot, ceigein, a tuft, a fat man. From Scandinavian kagge, round mass, keg, corpulent man or animal, whence English keg; Norse, kaggi, cask, Norwegian, kagge, round mass.

Mead is the planet's oldest fermented beverage. Its history dates back over eight thousand years.

Mead is truly a global drink. It independently originated in very diverse cultures including Egyptian, Celtic, Indian and Scandinavian.

Honey used to ferment naturally in the bee hive so that mead could be eaten or drunk.

Mead was the wine of Northern Europe. In the colder, non-grape producing regions, they knew no other wine than mead. Beowulf, Bede Wagner and Canterbury Tales all have references to mead. In Norse Mythology, Valhalla was said to have had rivers flowing with mead.

Our word medicine is derived from an herb-based style of mead called Metheglin.

Like grape wine, the kind and quality of honey used will effect the taste of the final product.

Mead is the national beverage of Ethiopia. There it is called T'ej.

Honey can be mixed with different juices to recreate traditional styles. Grapes and honey make a pyment of clarre. Cider and honey combine for a cyser. When other fruits, such as raspberries or cranberries are added it is known as a melomel.

In Medieval times, it was customary for a newly married couple to be given enough mead to drink a glass every night for the first month (or moon cycle) of their marriage. If the wife became pregnant and bore a son, the mead maker was congratulated and held in great esteem for his potent nectar. This is the origin of the term honey-moon.

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