Sun, Jan 19 | The BeeCraft Mead Company

Mead Maker: Make Your Own Sweet Mead - Oconee River Honey (sold out)

Ready for a spring mead? A great couples activity or for those interested in an incredible hobby! Includes all equipment (for you to keep), ingredients, expert instruction, and a samples of mead while you learn! Registration closes when all four slots area sold! Couples pay one price!
Registration is now closed but we will be offering the class for a special summer mead in February.
Mead Maker: Make Your Own Sweet Mead - Oconee River Honey (sold out)

Time & Location

Jan 19, 2020, 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
The BeeCraft Mead Company, 30 Industrial Park Road, Dawsonville, GA, USA

About The Event

Produced since ancient history you, a friend, loved one, or any combination of thereof can join the ranks of the 9000 year-old tradition of Meadmaker!  Participants will receive the equipment, ingredients, expert guidance on making over one gallon of traditional sweet mead using a rich honey harvested from the headwaters of the Oconee River basin, and a sample of four different meads as we make mead!  Lead by our own meadmaker -- a nationally awarded meadmaker and two-time teacher of the year!  You will first be introduced to the basic concepts, prepare your "must", take part in a demonstration on preparing a yeast slurry, pitch the yeast, and take home your mead to ferment out at home with explicit instructions on what to do (and not to do)!  

Mead makers will receive:  A primary fermenter (2-gallons), secondary fermenter (one-gallon glass carboy), airlock and bung, turkey baster for sampling,  hydrometer, siphon, bottling wand, tubing, nutrient, fining agent, potassium sorbate (used prior to bottling), Camden tablets (optional prior to bottling), Approximately 3lbs of Georgia honey, six-500ml flip-top bottles (the same used by the will have a bit left over during bottling for 'personal consumption'), instructions on what to do at home, access to BeeCraft if instructions are not clear or yeast misbehave, and a flight of mead from our meadery (and printed notes in case the aforementioned flight of mead causes confussion!).

All money collected beyond cost of equipment, materials, and facilities will --once again-- go to KARE (Kids Are Really Equal)  

Note #1: We should finish well before halftime of NFL championship game.

Note #2:  We will build the yeast slurry together as a demonstration and pitch yeast from it collectively.

Note #3:  Yeast are funny beasts...and a bit temperamental.  There is no guarantee your mead will turn out perfect but should come close...the beauty of being a home meadmaker is that if off-flavors develop you merely use stronger spices to cover them up!  This is probably why metheglyns were invented anyway.  

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