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Sparkling Ginger Mead

Sparkling Ginger Mead

This is a recipe in progress for a sparkling ginger mead.  I’m adding all my thought processes and decisions here.  I’m making it for my friend Cynthia, unless she tells me she doesn’t like ginger… Sanitize EVERYTHING, except the spice bag, which doesn’t sanitize well so I boil it.  Spatula, […]

Can you answer this riddle?

Can you answer this riddle?

 Can you answer this riddle? I am man’s treasure, taken from the woods, Cliff-sides, hill-slopes, valleys, downs; By day wings bear me in the buzzing air, Slip me under a sheltering roof-sweet craft. Soon a man bears me to a tub. Bathed, I am binder and scourge of men, bring […]

Passover:  Are honey and grape wine kosher?

Passover: Are honey and grape wine kosher?

Talking with Lori Titus at The Bee Folks this morning (as I was picking up thirty pounds of buckwheat honey) she mentioned that their honey had been Star-K certified, and have been since 2009 – and I realized there’s a whole world out there I know nothing about.  Not that that’s […]

Starting Yeast

Starting Yeast

I’m getting to brew a recipe from last year’s American Homebrewer Association’s national competiton – the Underwood’s “Blasphemy at GobblersRoost” (you’ll need an AHA login to view their Homebrewopedia); it’s a sack with buckwheat honey, raisins and oak aged with whiskey.  In getting ready, I’ve been mulling over yeast starters and […]

Mead Glorious Mead: A Class Talkthrough

Mead Glorious Mead: A Class Talkthrough

Mead making is one of the most fun things to teach. This class handout on how to make mead is very chatty, but covers pretty much all the basics.  It’s copyrighted, folks. Elspeth Payne Class Handout A plug for varietals (different kinds of honey), or meads that are just mead […]

16th Century Sack

16th Century Sack

This is an example of retroengineering to create competition documentation.  I don’t recommend it.  It’s true that when I created this recipe, which has always done well in competition, I took historical recipes into consideration.  I did not, however, take notes.  Back then I didn’t even keep a notebook.  When […]

Breakthrough honeybee drugs to treat Colony Collapse Disorder (satire)

Breakthrough honeybee drugs to treat Colony Collapse Disorder (satire)

 http://www.newstarget.com/021857.html Following the mysterious, accelerating collapse of honeybees across North America and Europe — a condition dubbed “Colony Collapse Disorder” — ConPfuzer, a top pharmaceutical company, has announced a new, patented medication designed to treat the disorder by drugging honeybees with psychotropic chemicals. ConPfuzer shares rose $14 in trading today […]

Average Sugar Content of Honey

Average Sugar Content of Honey

 I don’t have a source noted on this. I am not sure which of several sources I found it in  Average sugar content of honey:  Fructose (d-fructose) 38.5% Dextrose (d-glucose) 31.0%  Sucrose (table sugar) 1.5% Maltose 7.2% Other higher carbohydrates 4.2%

Basic Mead Assembly

Basic Mead Assembly

 This is a basic mead recipe from a class I taught in 2009.  Now, I could not possibly break it down this simply, but thinking like this got me started and served me reasonably well for a lot of years.  Honey: 2.5 – 4 lbs per gallon of water. Water: […]

Ale With Honey Historical documentation

Ale With Honey Historical documentation

At historical competitions, I provide two sets of documentation, 2-3 copies of each (assuming our usual three judges per category).  There is the executive summary, less than one page long: this document is an Executive Summary.  Then I will also bring the full documentation, with notes on everything from bottling to […]

MIddle-of-the-road Braggot Recipe

MIddle-of-the-road Braggot Recipe

This is from http://byo.com/feature/875.html.  It looks like a reasonable, basic, extract-based braggot recipe for those who maybe aren’t up to whole grain or aren’t sure about braggots.  See, I think the thing about braggots is that, for women, they can be gateway beer.  Women don’t tend to like much hoppiness, and in America […]

A thought on mead nutrients

A thought on mead nutrients

Honey contains small amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, as well as anti-oxidants, but not enough to make sufficient nutrition for your yeast.  If there is lag time in getting yeast activity started in a mead must, it could be due to the lack of available nitrogen and nutrient compounds. Adding things […]