MeadMakr 018: Experimental Mead with B Nektar Meadery

BNektarLogoHave you every wondered how B Nektar Meadery comes up with such great flavor combinations for their meads? Or how they encapsulate and idea into a final product? In episode 18 we ask them just that, and get some practical information for how you can do the same with your experimental mead ideas.

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Quote of the Episode Numero Uno

This is all about flavor. This is all about using good ingredients, the best that you can get, and making things that taste fantastic.

Quote of the Episode Numero Dos

It’s like how as a teenager you are all over the place. Mead is the same way. When it is young it shows its peaks and valleys, like it is wearing them on its sleave. It can’t control itself. As it ages, as it matures, it has a better, more calm temperament. It doesn’t blow up as easily. It doesn’t get sad as easily. It just is.

Drinks in this Episode

  • Allen: Kill All the Golfers (B Nektar Meadery)
  • Tysen: Mead with Orange Blossom, Buckwheat, Juniper, Ginger, Lemongrass, Coriander, Chopped Orange, and English Yeast (Mobius Meadery)
  • B Nektar:
    • Cranberry Melomel Extra Limited 2010
    • Pineapple Coconut Melomel
    • Mike’s Big-O Melomel 2010
    • Cherry Buckwheat
    • Ethiopian Harrar

The steps to making an experimental mead

  1. Envision what you want to make
  2. Take notes
  3. Plan how to you get there
    1. Methodically sample and try flavor combinations before you make it
    2. Take notes
    3. Sample again prior to adding ingredients in secondary
    4. Take notes
  4. Listen to your mead to see if it is what you wanted, or is it something else? Make corrective actions as required

Links in this Episode

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