Subject: Mead Lover's Digest #1274, 2 August 2006

Mead Lover's Digest #1274 Wed 2 August 2006


Forum for Discussion of Mead Making and Consuming
Dick Dunn, Digest Janitor



Re: Knotweed Honey ("Daniel Larkin")
Re: Lurgashall Meadery to hold 'National Mead Week' (Dick Adams)
racking times ("Rick")
Another Competition- Schooner (terry mayne)


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Subject: Re: Knotweed Honey
From: "Daniel Larkin" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 21:53:06 -0400

I don't know about CT, but I know you can get knotweed honey here in
PA. We get it from McCormack's Apiaries in Alliquippa PA. They call
it "bamboo red" because of the red color. The don't have a website,
but can be reached at (724) 795-6310 or

As an aside, they are really cool people. He goes to Latin American
countries every winter to teach people bee keeping as a source of
sustainable income.


Subject: Re: Lurgashall Meadery to hold 'National Mead Week'
From: (Dick Adams)
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 09:04:23 -0400 (EDT)

> Lurgashall Meadery and Lythe Hill Hotel are hosting what is a first,
> 'National Mead Week' August 7 -13th. They asked that I spread the word as
> they are hoping to attract mead fans from all across the globe. This is a
> first year event that if they see enough response they will do it again next
> year. Yes interest in mead is definitely on the rise.


> Events and information are listed at:

This is interesting and I can't make it because I have surgery
scheduled for the 11th. Was this announced somewhere and I
missed it? Or is the first announcement of it?


Subject: racking times
From: "Rick" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 13:28:17 -0500

What is the optimum number of weeks between rackings?
I have started Ken Schramm's "Mambo in Your Mouth" and after soaking the
fruit in the primary for 17 days, I racked to a 6 gallon carboy, only to
realize that there was too much airspace at the top. 12 hours later,
when I returned from work, I racked to a 5 gallon carboy, and was
surprised by the amount of sediment created in such a short time. I'm
wondering if racking more often would clear the mead more quickly. I
racked my first 3 meads every 12 weeks, and it has occured to me that
that may be unnecessarily infrequent.

Subject: Another Competition- Schooner
From: terry mayne <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 10:36:17 -0700 (PDT)


With all the competition talk lately, I hesitate slightly to announce

another. The Schooner Homebrewing Championship will
be accepting entries soon. The Schooner is held in conjunction with the
Great Lakes Brew Fest and is a BJCP sanctioned
competion that is part of the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year circuit.


Unlike some other fine MWHOBY competitons we accept cider. Not only do

we accept it we encourage it! Last year and this, we have the honor of
having White Winter Winery sponsor the Mead Cup and AEppeltreow sponsor
our Cider Cup. Last year we also had Cider Maker Charles McGonegal of
above mentioned AEppeltreow judge the ciders!


Please check out our web site for rules and applications. We also hope

to see you at the Great Lakes Brew Fest where White Winter and AEppeltreow
will be serving thier award winning meads and ciders!


Terry Mayne


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