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GotMead Owner
Staff member
Apr 5, 1996
North Carolina
Excellent post, Ken! I read it with great interest, and hope we can make some strides this year in the IMA towards providing more standards in mead judging for the next Festival.


Registered Member
Jan 9, 2004
Enjoyed the post, Ken.

On a side note, thanks for being so visible at the Mead Fest this year! I get the impression you would rather sit in the background, but I learned so much from the two seminars you were involved in.

I have to admit, my favorite line of the weekend was when someone was asking about using bee pollen as nutrients and part of your response was "bees are so difficult to displine". That image of spanking the bees with a tiny paddle unless they come back with the right pollen was hilarious!!! (naturally, you would not use your hand for fear of inadvertantly spanking the stinger!)

Anyone who missed Mead Fest missed some wonderful information as well as some truly great meads!


The Compleat Sybarite
Lifetime GotMead Patron
Jan 5, 2005
Troy, MI
I had a great time, and I hope everyone else did, too.

If I seem like I want to stay in the shadows, it's just that I know that I'm just a regular guy who goes to work every day and has a messy basement like everybody else (if you have a clean basement, and a pool table, invite me over for a game of pool. It might be better if you live around Troy, MI).

When there are cats like Drs. Dewey Caron, Chris White and Garth Cambray in the room, I'm just trying to say something that isn't flat wrong and doesn't sound stupid. I didn't do the research that Morse and Steinkraus did. I am just trying to help folks know about it, and about the ways I have learned to make some decent mead. Ben Franklin, Martin Luther King, Marie Curie, Ghandi, Einstein, now there are some folks who could stand in the light.



Got Mead Partner
Dec 26, 2004
The OC

Don't roll your eyes too much when I post this. LOL

What I really enjoy about Ken is his enthusiasm for everything. Mead yes, wine of course, food oh yeah!

The thing that I find impressive about Ken is that he has a bunch of knowledge that he's willing to share, but, he is also genuinely interested in what he can learn from other people about mead. He's not affected like some I ran into this year, he's just a genuine "Mead Guy" who laughs at my jokes, tools on politicians and wants to find good mead to drink.


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