4 Traditional Mead Drinking Vessels for the Modern Drinker

Jessica from AleHorn here, and I’d like to talk with you about the different traditional mead drinking vessels you can use to get your favorite mead into your mouth hole! You may have found a few meads you really love – the next step is choosing the right cup to really let it shine.
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5 Things to Consider when Planning a Mead Tasting

Every meadmaker eventually encounters the problem of having too much mead. I know, it’s tough to consider; if you like drinking it how do you accumulate too much? Well, it happens, and when it does, you need a plan to get rid of it. One of the best ways I’ve come across is to host a mead tasting. You get the opportunity to show off your meads, get feedback on what everyone likes, and generally share the beverage with those who may have never heard of it. But how do you go about planning it? We’re here to help. Here are the 5 things to consider when planning a mead tasting.

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What does mead taste like?

Mead tasting at Charm City Meadworks

Running the MeadMakr Podcast is a lot of fun. We try meads in every episode, with the opportunity to explore the variety available in the meadium (you can find the list of every mead tried here). But if you are just beginning your nectar-filled journey, what does mead taste like? And what resources are available to help the uninitiated become more familiar with this fabulous beverage? In this post, we’ll walk you through the mead tasting process and point you towards the best resources we’ve found to help us evaluate the beverages we so love, including some MeadMakr developed tasting sheets you can use for your next mead party!

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Just How Much Honey Is in Mead?

MeadMakr004 (1)Making mead is easy. You mix together honey and water, rehydrate and pitch your yeast, aerate, and add some yeast nutrient at scheduled times during the first few days of fermentation. After a few weeks, you rack to a secondary for aging. Within a year (maybe less), you have a drinkable mead (although age will continue to improve the mead for many months and years). But how much honey exactly do you need to make mead? In this post, we’ll answer just that, and point you to a nifty calculator to anticipate the amount of honey you’ll need to make mead.
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Plum Crazy: A Melomel Recipe from Dragon’s Lair Meads

Plum Crazy during fermentation
Plum Crazy during fermentation

In Episode 008 of the MeadMakr Podcast, we had the pleasure of interviewing Chris Webber, the founding president of the American Mead Makers Association and the owner and meadmaker of Dragon’s Lair Meads. During the episode, he drank Plum Crazy, a melomel made with Damson plums. He was generous enough to share the recipe after the recording.

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Mead Yeast Primer

There are many yeasts available to the modern meadmaker. And each yeast will have its own unique characteristics that impact your mead’s flavor.

Generally, you should choose a mead yeast based on the following properties: alcohol tolerance, fermentation temperature, nutrient requirements, flavor profile, and flocculation tendencies.

In this post we explain these properties, and provide a nifty table highlighting some of the most popular mead yeasts used today.

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Mazer Cup 2015 Recap

Mazer Cup 2015 Goodies
Mazer Cup 2015 Goodies

Tysen and I recently returned from an epic weekend at the Mazer Cup. Here’s a quick breakdown of what happened, followed by some links to a few other recaps about the event.

For those who have not heard of the Mazer Cup, it is the largest mead only competition in the world. At 368 home and 327 commercial entrants this year, there is no other place in the world that provides the opportunity to taste and experience so many high quality meads (although the Kookoolan World Meadery Tasting Room comes close with over 150 commercial varieties).

Before the competition started, we were already hard at work. First order of business: the annual meeting of the American Mead Makers Association (AMMA).
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How to Determine Alcohol by Volume

One of the common questions asked when I mention to friends that I make mead is how do you determine the alcohol by volume. And until I researched this post, I thought this was a relatively straightforward process. It only required a simple math equation, right? If you start with a known quantity of sugar dissolved in a must, measure the starting specific gravity, and compare to the finished gravity, the entire change can be attributed solely to the production of alcohol, right? Well, it turns out this logic is flawed, and the solution will vary depending on the source.
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