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Episode-2191- Another Look at Small Batch Mead

Making Mead the Easy Way, One Gallon at a Time

In 2015 I introduced the audience here to small batch mead, cider and wine making.  While all of those work well, it is mead that really shines in a small batch method of production.

I developed my personal method after watching Michael Jordan (the Bee Whisper) make a one gallon batch at my workshop in 2015.  It was amazing to me that so little work could produce mead.

I am a long time brewer and mead making have made beer and mead since 1995, so we are talking 23 years.  And I have always done 5-6 gallon batches which is the hobby standard.  With mead though one gallon batches seems to be the way to go.  Today I will give out the method and tips that I have developed in these three years.

While Mike uses a coffee maker, I use an electric kettle.  I have developed my own methods and they work well for me.  Many pros and hobbyists alike find fault with a LOT of what I will tell you about today.  However, everyone that drinks my mead seems to like it.  Everything I have done with this method was designed to make it as simple as possible, eliminate any and everything I could and encourage others to make mead and allow for maximum experimentation with ingredients.

In the end as your first batch is ready to bottle my method allows you to once a week, bottle a gallon, rack a gallon and make a gallon, with only 30 minutes of work per week.  I don’t think my method is the best method, I do think it may be the best method for the most people.

Join me today to learn all about it.

  • The basic method
    • Use a one gallon fermenter
    • Use 3 lbs of honey
    • Use adjuncts of your choice
    • Use two stains of yeast
    • Use fermax yeast nutrient
    • Leave head space about 15% of volume
    • Ferment for about 30-45 days and rack
    • Add filtered water to secondary and let fully clear
    • Bottle
  • Some of my favorite adjuncts/flavorings
    • 3 Flowers Blend
    • Apricot
    • Pears
    • Mulberry
    • Elderberry
    • Cucumber and Mint
    • Ginger
    • Autumn Olive
    • Persimmon
  • Cleaning and Sensitization my way – everyone disagrees
  • Pasteurizing your adjuncts the easy way
  • Why I don’t even use a hydrometer any more
  • Why I seldom cold crash, but why I might
  • Why I am fine using “everyday honey” and my favorite brand
  • The joy of honey on the road and making mead from it
  • Airlocks vs balloons
  • Bottles for your mead and how I handle sensitization of those
  • Why those who say I am wrong are actually right, sort of
  • Why I think this is the best method for the most people

Resources for today’s show…

Supplies for Mead Making and Resources

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Tuesday, August 09
Episode 07 – Frank Golbeck of Golden Coast Mead
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AFrank Golbeck, Head Mead Maker and CEO Credit - Arpit Mehta www.iamphotog.combout: Frank Golbeck
CEO, Co-Founder, Head Mead Maker / UC Berkeley, Naval Officer

Frank’s love for mead started with his grandfather. He was an apple rancher in Oak Glen, California. He retired from apple ranching and stayed busy making fruit wine and hard cider, grape wine and some mead.

Frank’s first memory of mead was at 8 years old, peeking over the back of the bar while his grandfather poured samples of mead to people. They were laughing and having a great time.

As he grew older Frank read Tolkien and Beowulf. Shakespeare and Harry Potter… Mead kept coming up in these epic tales. Then, when he was home from college, his grandfather gifted him the last bottle of his mead. 12 years aged.

He took his grandfather’s mead to university and shared it with his friends and his now wife. Frank started making mead and discovered more about its magic, and the way it made people dance.

Frank was in the navy after graduating from UC Berkeley and was able to collect honey from all over the world. One day, his wife asked what he would do with all of the time, money and energy in the world. He told her he wanted to make mead and share it with people. He has done just that.

Episode-1813- Make Mead Like a Viking with Jereme Zimmerman

Making Mead Like A Viking

Making Mead Like A Viking

Jereme Zimmerman is a writer who lives in Berea, Kentucky. He was raised and home schooled in northern Kentucky on Twin Meadows Nubian Goat Farm. He spent more than seven years living and traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest, where he returns regularly.

After brewing beer using conventional modern methods for several years he became fascinated with emulating ancient brewing practices, which in-turn led to his interest in learning how to brew with local, organic, and wild-foraged ingredients.

Jereme documents his research into ancient brewing and muses on the homesteading life at Earthineer.com (as RedHeadedYeti), and through articles with magazines such as Backwoods Home, New Pioneer, American Frontiersman and Hobby Farms.

He is the author of the book Make Mead Like a Viking, published by Chelsea Green Publishing in November 2015. He is a popular workshop facilitator and presents regularly at Mother Earth News Fairs.

Jereme joins us today to discuss his methods of making mead, his book, using natural and wild crafted ingredients, open fermentation and more.

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Episode-284- 20 Simple Steps to More Independence

I am broadcasting from home today (very early by the way) because I have to go out on a location to do some film work and won’t have the option to upload the show from my office.  I didn’t want to leave you with out a Friday show so I knocked one out at the house before I left.

Today’s show is all about ways you can start to become more independent.  My challenge to you is to pick one or a few of them to do right away.

Tune in today as I discuss…

  • Buying an ounce of silver a month
  • Build a compost bin or a worm farm
  • Plant a few permanent producers
  • Put together a 7 gallon tub of storable foods
  • Find out what committees your congressmen is on and call them about something not in the news
  • Learn to identify 6 edible wild plants in your area, try cultivating 1 or 2 of them
  • Learn to make wine or mead
  • Learn to make bread
  • Learn to make biltong
  • Learn to make one new meal a month from storable and/or fresh items
  • Learn to grind and use ground wheat
  • Take a good quality firearms training class
  • Learn to reload ammunition and cast bullets from lead stock up some components
  • Build a simple green house
  • Build or buy a solar oven
  • Gain basic construction skills (volunteer if you have to)
  • Start a blog or write a book
  • Take a 15 minute or longer walk alone daily
  • Create your vision

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Episode-265- An Interview with Johnny Maxx and The Queen

Tune in today for an interview with Johnny Maxx and The Queen, (aka John and Tammy McKissack) who are the host of “The Self Sufficient Homestead” and co hosts of “BrewCrazy“.

Join in today as we discuss a variety fo subjects and projects John and Tammy are working on in at their south Texas homestead such as…

  • What is up with today’s bumper music
  • Hydroponics
  • The perpetual onion
  • Making “lazy mans cider”
  • Keeping bees and making mead
  • Why debt free is the way to be
  • What dealing with multiple hurricanes taught them
  • The cost of running a generator over a few weeks
  • Why savings really matter when the chips are down
  • Price gouging in a SHTF
  • Keeping chickens
  • Alternative energy
  • And of course a little bit about beer

Episode-131- Making Beer and Mead at Home

Today’s initial show notes will be very brief and I will back fill them with resources and bullet points mentioned in the show this evening.  Due to the reminants of yesterday’s ice storm my morning drive took almost three hours.  So I will just put up the audio and back fill later on.

Tune in today to learn the basics and some of my personal tricks for makeing beer and meads at home.