Cleaning and Sanitizing 101One of the most important aspects of any fermentation is keeping your equipment sanitary. This article outlines the basic steps and products for keeping it clean.
Mead RecipesThese instructions guide you through a variety of mead styles including traditional honey mead, fruity melomel, spiced metheglin, and malty braggot.
Melomel (Fruit Mead) RecipesMeads flavored with various fruits or berries are traditionally called "Melomels." Our index of melomel recipes will guide you through many of the abundant possible variations.
Making CyserApple juice and honey combine to made a wonderful fermented beverage called Cyser.
Making Ginger BraggotHome brewers who've made "honey beers" have already experienced something approaching a "braggot." This article discusses braggots and gives step-by-step instructions for making a Ginger Braggot, making use of dry malt extract.
Wine Chem 101So why chemistry? Without knowing some of the chemistry of wine, a home winemaker may be flying blind—or at least wearing dark glasses with the lights off.
Kitchen-Table Winemaking TrialsWhile some rules of thumb and general guidelines can point the winemaker in the right direction, there’s nothing like a trial for really pinning down the best treatment. After you read this article and feel you are ready to perform your own table trials,
Cellaring Products Fact SheetA concise, comprehensive information sheet that covers oak and oak extract products to help you decide what (or what not) to add when cellaring your wine.
Song To MeadThis ancient poem was passed along to us by Jay Conner, the founder of Great Fermentations of San Rafael (our mother store).
Mead, the likely ancestor of all fermented drinks, is arguably best described as 'honey wine', and the meadmaking process has somewhat more in common with winemaking than with brewing, though elements of both are present. Mead comes in an infinite variety of flavors and textures, and provides an astounding vehicle for your creativity. You are limited only by the honey and other raw materials you select.
At The Beverage People, our Mead Department was designed by three-time national Meadmaker of the Year, Byron Burch. As a result, when you follow our procedures and recipes, you are working with the best possible materials and information. Let us help you discover the noble drink of ancient kings, and their antecedent gods.
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