i had a 5 gal sugar syrup pail full of "bee honey" from last year. it was "broken comb" and misc. honey scrapings that i set aside for "emergency feeding". i used some - but of course by this time - it's all crystallized into a solid state.
i melted/heated it all down - got the wax out separated from the honey....and ended up with 15# of honey...(10 to 15# is what you need for 5 gals of mead).
this years recipe is seasoned with orange zest and several "spice teas" (good earth, lemon zinger, etc)
technically - an "herbed or spiced" mead is called a METHEGLIN. (a fruit juice/honey combination is called a MELOMEL)
so - it's BUBBLY and ALIVE in it's "mash" state - in the crock. stir once/twice daily for 10 days.