Tonight at 9PM ET, we’ll be talking with Dustin Deisher and Jeff Anderson, award winning home meadmakers. The topic at hand is bench trials.
In making mead, we do our fermentation, feed our yeast, and do our racking and stabilization. But once that’s all done, the mead needs to be finished. And as anyone with more than a couple batches under their belt can tell you, yeast don’t read the alcohol range info on the packets, and fermentations often end where you want to make adjustments after it finishes. It may need more acid, or tannins, or need sweetness or flavors from fruits, spices or a honey varietal adjusted to get to the final result you want. And that is where bench trials come in.
Figuring out what needs to be added or adjusted to get that final mead flavor profile is a process, and we’re going to dig into that tonight.
Dustin Deisher started brewing with his former band mate and best friend Jeremy Goehring in 2013 after binging on Skyrim. After getting some equipment and some pointers from the local homebrew shop they were on their way to conjure up some liquid gold! In 2014 they met other fellow mead makers when they joined the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club. After their first medal at a major competition (2nd with a wildflower traditional at the 2014 Mead Free Or Die) they were hooked. They spent many years competing with standard strength meads. It wasn’t until the last couple of years they really started pursuing session meads. After applying some techniques used in brewing beer they could add new elements such as carbonation to their arsenal! Dustin started using different beer yeasts and post fermentation additions to produce balanced and sparkling melomels. This eventually led them to the Mazer Cup where they were able to put their hydromels to the real test. They had the pleasure to do a scale up of one of their 2019 M3A Mazer Cup winners at Boiler Brewing Co. Along with competing, Dustin became a Certified Beer and Mead BJCP Judge. Becoming a judge has helped him develop a better palate for varietal honeys. When they used these in their hydromel batches it took everything to a whole new level. Last year they saw the fruits of their labor when they placed 2nd BOS under Ken Schramm at The Valkyries Horn. Dustin’s next step in his mead making career is to bring sparkling hydromels to his local craft brew industry.
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Show links and notes
- Top, Middle and Base Notes: A Comprehensive List
- The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual – James Green and Ajana
- Food Pairing website
- The Flavor Bible
- The Flavor Matrix – the Art and Science of Pairing Common Ingredients to Create Extrordinary Dishes
- On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
- Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Unlock’d – Historical mead recipes
- Wellcome Mead by Laura Angotti
- Let There Be Melomels by Rob Ratliff
- The Big Book of Mead Recipes by Rob Ratliff
- Take part in Kevin Meintsma’s Hydromel Study – email firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll send you questions
- Feb 25 – American Mead Makers Association – Mead Matters – Online Tasting Event with Upper Reach Meadery
- Feb 25 – Upper Reach Meadery, Perkasie, PA – Online event – Cabot Cheese Tutored Tasting
- Feb 25 – Starrlight Meadery, Pittsboro, NC – Mead Club release event
- Feb 27-28 – Vermont Winter Renaissance Faire, Essex, VT- Artesano Mead, Groenfell Meadery and Sticky Paws Meadery will be pouring there
- Feb 27 – Wandering Bard Meadery, Greenville, SC – Balancing Your Mead: How to Conduct Bench Trials for Sweetness and Acidity
- Feb 27 – Wandering Bard Meadery, Greenville, SC – Mead Tasting and Chocolate Pairing Class
- Mar 4 – Bishop’s Bees – Online Mead Making Class
- Mar 5 – Mjødladen, Odense, Denmark – Online Mead Tasting
- Mar 6 – Starrlight Meadery, Pittsboro, NC – Fairy Hair for Everyone party
- Mar 13 – Wandering Bard Meadery, Greenville, NC – Mead Making for Beginners
- Mar 20 – Online Class – Meadmaking Without Equipment
- April 17 – Point Lookout Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Mead Tasting and Mead History
- You can buy mead online at https://shopmeads.com
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