1-8-19 We’re back after our December time off to enjoy family and the holidays. And diving right in! Ryan is going to kick off the new year with some conversation on meadmaking, and some of the myths that seem to pervade a lot of the internet and are passed around by people not aware that they are myths.
Yes, mead is old as people, and yes, it has a long history (we’re having a show on mead history next month), but we also have science, and as science has advanced, we’ve discovered or proven many things about fermentation, and specifically about making mead that lend a great deal of help to making better mead, and in allowing us to repeat our efforts.
So we’ll be tackling the myths, some much beloved, and showing the science that gives us reliable, repeatable methods we can use to make better mead.
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Show links and notes
- Meads and Their Lactones: A Cautionary Tale for Mead Makers by Dan McFeely, “Bee Culture”, September 2002
- An Analysis of Mead, Mead Making and the Role of its Primary Constituents (reprinted with permission from the authors), Daniel S. McConnell and Kenneth D. Schramm* Technical Director, G.W.Kent and President, The Yeast Culture Kit Company *Director, The Mazer Cup Mead Competition
- Yeast Inoculation Strategies – Getting The Best Fermentation Possible!, Lallemand, Winemaking Update, Number 2, 2005
- Raisins are NOT a Significant Source of Nutrients in Mead, Tom Repas, BJCP Certified Mead Judge, Certified Master Beekeeper (University of Montana 2016)
Mazer Cup International, Home Best of Show Winner 2015 & 2017, AMMA Meadmaker of the Year 2018, pub. Sept. 3, 2017
- Advanced Nutrients in Meadmaking, Travis Blount-Elliot, May, 2018
- Let There Be Melomels by Rob Ratliff
- The Big Book of Mead Recipes by Rob Ratliff
- January 9 – Bos Meadery – music by Squirrel Gravy
- January 12 – Woodstone Creek Winery and Distillery – Wine, Mead and Spirits Tasting
- January 13 – Blom Meadery – Weekly Yoga at the meadery
- January 16 – Starrlight Meadery – Mead Class and Tasting
- January 19 – Meadery Bus Tour in Royal Oak, MI
- January 20 – Lost Cause Meadery – Death to Resolutions Dinner and Mead Pairing
- January 25-26 UC Davis Honey and Pollination Institute – Meadmaking 101
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- 10-24-23 Jay Bennett,Beehave! Craft Meadery in New Zealand - October 24, 2023