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Fun, entertaining and instructional, The Mead House will provide you with 90 minutes of home brewing entertainment you don't want to miss!

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Episode 173
Evan Henderson is in the house this episode. Beginning a career as a civil engineer, he spent 10 years behind a computer monitor before he decided he needed to move on. He was hired on at Sap House Meadery and quickly mastered the mead making production there, evident by many of their meads.
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Episode 172
Adam Thoms, our second place medalist in the Iron Bee 2020 secret ingredient category, is a home mead maker who started off home brewing beer a few years ago and really found my ideal hobby/addiction after pitching the yeast on my first batch of mead in January 2019. What he did with Rose Hips and Cacao Nibs was amazing for his very first competition entry ever! He lives by the idea that there are many ways to make mead, and he's not afraid to fail forward and experiment! 3 We move into a category seldom dicussed here in the house, and we promise, we will be exploring this further for sure, Pyments, mead made with grape juice and honey. As usual, we wrap the show with a few Facebook/Reddit friends.
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Episode 171
There was a time when gluten-free beers tasted like, well, the leftovers at the bottom of a slop bucket used to feed hogs with. Well, maybe not that bad, but they were sort of disgusting. Then along came Grouse Malt House, that changed everything. Gluten-free malts with the same awesome flavors of regular grain malt from brown sugars and caramels to coffee and cocoa, now those with intolerance have a valuable source to produce gluten-free beers & braggots.
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Episode 170
We're back! With this episode, we toss the mic around the table and talk about what we did or didn't accomplish during our 2 week hiatus. Jeff has some 411 on another method of carbing up mead, and we wrap the show with a laundry list of questions from our Facebook/Reddit friends!
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Episode 169
A free for all! This episode, we go all over the map just talking mead, plus Mead Day is coming in a couple days, how are you spending yours? We'll give you an idea of how we're spending ours. Then, we do an extended Facebook Friends. Just a reminder, this is show 6 on our 6 & 2 calendar, so we'll see you in two weeks when we come back for episode 170!
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Episode 168
This is another nugget show. There is much to say about Nathan Steigman, however, it would take several pages to explain it all. Nathan lives in the heart of mead country, Minnesota. He's a tinkerer, an experimenter, and a qualified master home mead maker. His meads, some with very unusual ingredients, are much sought after around his hometown and beyond, and if you've been lucky enough to have one, you would remember it for a long time.
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Episode 167
Like many recent grads, Martin Key and Justin Schoendorf found themselves relatively poor and possessing an insatiable appetite for craft beer. As Martin and Justin learned to make new and interesting beers, they tinkered with various styles and recipes creating things that were not yet available in the market. Eventually, they stumbled upon an alcoholic drink made with fermented honey.
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Episode 166
With an avid interest in archaeological and historical research he has been making mead using traditional pre-modern techniques, wild yeast and local, often foraged ingredients since 2000. With a  license in 2010 he founded the first commercial meadery in New York State, and opened the first meadery in New York City. These meads have been embraced by the natural wine community and are served at some of the finest restaurants and bars in NYC. This episode we talk with Raphael Lyon of Enlightenment Wines Meadery.
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Episode 165
Aloha! In this episode, Stephanie Krieger from Nani Moon Meadery in  Hawaii stops by the house to talk about the only meadery in the Hawaiian Islands, and a few of her amazing meads like Buzz Squared, crafted from Kona Coffee and organic local honey. With access to Hawaiian vanilla straight from the Orchid which grows wild there and some of the most unique and sought after honey's in the world like Macadamia Nut and Ohia Lehua blossom honey, she has an amazing list of meads. 
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Episode 164
There is only one man who can claim the title, Chairman of Mead. David Myers of Redstone Meadery is one of those men. His flagship Black Raspberry Nectar put Redstone Meadery on the map, and pretty much set the standard.  He joins us this episode for some fun and entertaining thoughts on mead making. Redstone Meadery is also one of many proud sponsors of the 2020 Iron Bee Competition.
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Episode 163
All the way from the UK in 2011 to Sleepy Eye, Minnesota where he makes his home, he started out as an accountant, when he got here, he became a beekeeper!  In this episode we talk with Jonathan Gardner of Gardner Bees, about melter honey, something new to the meadmaking world. If you're looking for honey that has a head start on caramelizing for a bochet or a dark grain braggot, maybe this is your honey!
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Episode 162
Another Facebook Friends episode! From continuous fermentation, bourbon bochet and elderflower mead to adding a smokey flavor, using centennial hops and no, really? Coffee meads again?! It's all here in this episode!
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Episode 161
Twice American Homebrewers Association Meadmaker of The Year, Steve Fletty returns to update us on what he's been brewing lately. Last here on episode 67, Steve has been trying to perfect a dry traditional mead with some brewing techniques he hopes will prove hopeful. In segment two, we turn our broadcast spotlight to one of our own, Jeff Shouse, and his early days as a student in Slovenia. You'll get a kick out of this one! And finally, Facebook Friends, this is where we try to answer questions with no formal expertise other than what we've experienced in our own brew rooms!
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Episode 160
John Jacob started Old Sol Enterprises LLC in 1997 with the goals of creating and sharing sustainable farming practices with an emphasis on beekeeping and pollinators.  John’s educational background includes a BS in biology with minors in Economics and Chemistry from Southern Oregon University.   Old Sol has pioneered a bee breeding program to develop disease tolerant bees and innovative farming practices such as agrivoltaics for pollinator habitat and commercial beekeeping.
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Episode 159
In this episode, we talk to a pair of home brewers, Ravi & John who became brewing buddies. Ravi started his fermenting hobby on a backpack trip making prison hooch using Tang and bread yeast! He also put together an amazing creamsicle mead, and is experimenting using sourdough starter! John had seriously downsize from a house with a garage to brewing in an apartment. That didn't slow him down, he has a rosemary mead aging on some oak that sounds delicious, and has plans for a hopped IPA style mead as well.
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Episode 158
In this episode, we talk with returning guest, Bryan Heit of Sui Generis Brewing about DIY’ing your own candi syrup. At usually between $9 – $10 per pound, sugar is sometimes priced at $.75 cents per pound, With a few additional easy to get ingredients, Bryan explains how it can
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Episode 157
Get out your pen and paper and prepare to take notes! Ash Fishbein from Sap House Meadery is here with us, and if you listen carefully, he'll reveal a few secrets to some successful mead! Sap House has one of the most amazing barrel programs and Ash has some info for those of us looking to barrel age, and he also lets out a secret if you read between the lines regarding coffee meads.
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Episode 156
This week, we spend the whole episode dealing with our Facebook Friends, including Reddit and other forums. This is where the crew answers questions with no formal expertise other than what we've experienced in our own brew house.
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Episode 155
In this episode we welcome back a world class meadmaker, medalist Nathan Steigman. Last time he visited the House was back on episode 128. Nathan is not afraid to push the boundaries of mead making often working with unusual flavors such as the dragon fruit. We catch up on his latest projects current offerings.
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Episode 154
We found this week's guest on Facebook after he posted a question about if his mead that was made with steeping grains would classify as a braggot. After doing a Facebook Friends segment on his post, we knew we needed to talk to this guy. John McMillan joins us this week to talk about his amazingly good stout style braggot and more.
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Episode 153
If you're like me, tired of climbing the walls 3 or 4 times (wife is complaining of the footprints all over the ceiling) because of the Covid-19 Coronavirus thing, they hey...you came to the right place! This episode we welcome back Josh Mahoney, an amazing mead making medalist and talk to him about his Scorpion mead.
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Episode 152
Tonight we discuss malts and grains. The braggot, made up of honey and malt is a little used category in the BJCP catalog of beverage descriptions. “A harmonious blend of mead and beer, with the distinctive characteristics of both. A wide range of results are possible, depending on the base
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Episode 151
Working closely with all the sales staff in North America for Yakima Chief Hops, he organizes and plans Yakima Chief’s Hop Selection program during harvest. He is a passionate homebrewer as well in his free time, making mead and beer for six years. He truly enjoys making any beer with excessive amounts of hops in it, Saison and of course, any kind of Mead! Returning guest Bryan Pierce joins us in this episode. Ryan and Jeff have an update for the Iron Bee, and we also discuss briefly, balance, ways to achieve it. We wrap the show with a couple Facebook Friends, including an email from listener Ohad in Israel !
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Episode 150
Jessicka Nebesni works on the Mountain Rose Herbs Marketing Team. Having practiced Macrobiotic food preparations in California, beekeeping in Oregon and making herbal crafts for local farmers markets in New Jersey, she has a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to share. This episode we discuss powdered vs. whole herbs and spices as adjuncts to mead, including a number of teas.
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Episode 149
In the first three AMMA Mead Maker of the year competitions – Mashout, Domras, Midwinter – he has hit the podium 18 times. He had 10 wins, alone at the Minnesota Mashout – 9 medals and one Honorable Mention. He last appeared with us in episode 129, Adam Bystrom stops
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Episode 148
A next generation oaking system is the main topic in this episode. Not just an oaking system, but an innovative tool using dovetail joints allowing you to add more or add different toasting levels at the same time. Michael Azar of Next Level Oak joins us this episode.
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Episode 147
There’s a tool that every brewer must have in their toolbox. If you have nothing else, this one simple piece of equipment will tell you much about how well your fermentation is doing. Brady Marzella from Brady Instruments stops by the house to talk about hydrometers. Session meads are becoming more popular, Ryan leads a discussion into brewing them. Finally, we wrap the show with our Facebook Friends.
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Episode 146
He’s been a home brewer for the last 20 years, a meadmaker for 13, and owner of Laurel Highlands Meadery in Greensburg, PA. Returning guest Matt Felenski joins us this episode to update us on what he’s been up to, and talk a little about streamlining the process. Former co-host
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Episode 145
Welcome back! After an extensive hiatus, the crew comes back with some New Years resolutions and revelations! Ryan is moving Mead House North to a new location and during the inventory and packing process discovered he had 8 full carboy’s to move! While spending an entire day bottling, he came
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Episode 144
He began making mead 2 years ago, with immediate success, winning 2nd place for fruit mead at the 2018 AHA Nationals. He's won several Best of Shows for Beer, Cider and Mead during the past 9 years. I also make Vinifera wines from California and Washington state grapes. I find this hobby to be an ideal blend of creativity, science and process for my interests. In addition, I have the dubious “honor” of being one of the organizers for Valkyries Horn Mead Competition Kevin Meintsma is our guest this episode.
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Episode 143
Home meadmaker Paul Johnson joins us at the house this episode. While sipping on a Rhubarb mead, he shares his thoughts and sticks around for the whole show! Jeff is wearing his lab coat again, he's been experimenting with pasteurization, and we lightly touch on alternative fermentations. Paul helps us out on a couple Facebook Friends, and locks the gate on our way out after wrapping the show.
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Episode 142
Outside there lies a great opportunity to go back a few thousand years and follow the footsteps of the great hunter-gatherers that came before us and gather up ingredients to make a mead. Well, maybe not everything, but certainly the one component you need to kick it off…yeast. Our guest
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Episode 141
Brian Hart is our guest this episode, his smoked tea mead showed up and Valkyries Horn this year, and we want to know more! Along with his smoked tea, he's also done a carrot mead, and has a peach habanero mead carbinating right now. Fitting right into JD's world, he also enjoys good Bourbons, Scotches and whiskies.
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Episode 140
Do you know what a Jackfruit is? Does anyone? Better yet, has anyone ever made a mead from a Jackfruit? Well, we found a guy who does. Meet Joe Leigh. A software architect by trade got hooked on mead while attending a beer share event, the mead? Ken Schramm's Black Agnes. he started collecting and trading up, looking for the best meads, and in 2017, started adding yeast to water and honey.
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Episode 139
More from Valkyries Horn with rules and things others say you must do...or do you? Plus, mead fails, we've all had them, for some it's been a determining factor, we'll give you our two cents on it. Then, a trip around the table for "What's in the hopper,"  with projects from the crew. JD, Jeff and Ryan came back with some inspirations from Valkyries Horn, we'll talk about a few of them as well.
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Episode 138
Valkyries Horn has come and gone, but we're not done with it yet! In this episode, we discuss the event, the after parties and the most amazing meads ever brewed by home mead makers. The first annual Valkyries Horn was a great success, over 300 entries, 2 days of judging and some ingenious and inspirational recipes washed over the taste buds of those who were lucky enough to try some.
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Episode 137
At 14 years old, listener William Dial was able to join a Living History group out of the University of Maryland called Markland. They would reenact the culture and battles of the Viking, Saxon and Norman period. During this time, he would learn about the culture and the people of the time and this gave him resources to explore even more. It was just a matter of time before William would learn about Mead.
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Episode 136
Knowing the difference between cleaning and sanitizing is one of the basic fundamentals of brewing. Preventing off flavors from forming, keeping unwanted bacteria out, and making sure your equipment is properly cleaned and cared for is essential to keep consistency in your brew house. Jonathan Ettlie from Craft Meister National Chemical  joins us this episode in an in depth conversation about cleaning and sanitizing. If you have questions, Jonathan says to email him at Craft Meister.
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Episode 135
Mead House Keyholder and home meadmaker Michael Trainer visits the House. On December 29, 2017 this biker and fan of all things fermented pitched yeast on his first home brew ever and his love of mead making was born. In a few days he had started 4 more batches and by the end of 2018 had made 20 different meads totaling about 75 gallons and is on track to almost double that in 2019 if he can manage to stay off his motorcycle for more than a week.
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Episode 134
Chocolate pistachio, lemon bar, oreo cookie, toasted coconut cream, or a tropical blend for a hopped mead, what if you could get those flavors from just a couple drops of extract, or an Artisan Natural Flavor for your brew? We're talking natural  real fruit and nut flavors, not imitation extracts. Debra Coletti from Amoretti returns to the Mead House for a discussion on flavoring your brew. We also have a special deal for keyholders from Amoretti, listen for the details by Jeff & Ryan in the show!
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Episode 133
He started his career out as an engineer, With degrees in Architectural and Civil Engineering on his resume, for ten years he worked in the land development and highway design industries. So how does a civil engineer go from blueprints of bridges to dumping 5 gallon buckets of honey into large vats of water for a living? Evan Henderson from Sap House Meadery joins us in this episode.
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Episode 132
In this episode, we talk about the effects of oaking at different times during and after fermentation based on a study by Becca at The Academic Wino. A teaser to part two of JD’s interview with Ash Fishbein from Sap House Meadery where he talks fundamentals, like knowing the difference
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Episode 131
Former co-host Aaron Martin joins the crew at the house. Since Aaron left the show to move to South Carolina, he’s been busy with a HUGE garden, says his wife is the gardener with the green thumb, he just takes the place of the tractor, the plow and the tiller.
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Episode 130
Iron Bee first place winner Bert Mayer joins us in this episode. He has been making mead since he turned 21, and when all his friends bought set ups to make beer, his small apartment pushed him in a different direction. A mild hobby at first, he spent more of his time in the underground world of facial hair competitions.
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Episode 129
He’s a Minnesota-native, has six International Mazer Cup wins, a Minnesota State Fair Best of Show and two first round placements in this year's National Homebrew Competition. And, he's only been making mead for a year and a half. Adam Bystrom joins us at the bar tonight. From the survey files:  "I really can't cook. I love hearing about different flavors or ideas of flavors or blending flavors. Coffee and chocolate, how to make mead with it. I need to try the cocoa nibs I got from the Iron Bee before I ask my friend for some pure cocoa." A couple of flavors not unfamiliar to the crew, we'll spend some time on each. Ryan startles the crew with the thought of a White Stout style braggot.
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Episode 128
When asked what kinds of meads he likes to make, he answered this way, "What would I like to drink?" Award winning mead maker, Nathan Steigman drops in, he also put together the winning MVP Challenge mead at the 2019 Iron Bee. We'll get Nathan's perspective on mead making, and and ask him the source of his inspiration.
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Episode 127
Iron Bee Silver Medalist, Brett Guthrie, stops by the house to talk about his winning entry and thoughts on mead making. He likes doing session meads, and uses his environment of sandy beaches and  sunny days as his inspiration. And from the Mead House survey, we discuss kegging your homebrew. Finally, we wrap the show with a few Facebook Friends, and answer a couple questions.
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Episode 126
Matt Weide stops by the house, we get his thoughts on the Fenugreek secret ingredient and the MVP challenge. Taking it around the table, we find out what's on the short list for new projects, JD contemplating another port mead and a Ryanbraggot with citra hops, Jeff has a ton of strawberries, he's considering using Omega's Voss Kveik yeast, and Ryan talks about a grapefruit braggot he has in mind.
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Episode 125
Home meadmaker and medalist, Josh Mahoney joins us on the show for some final thoughts and a wrap-up of the first Mead House Iron Bee competition that took place last weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Iron Bee challenge was a secret ingredient, fenugreek, which has properties similar to maple. Some amazing results were achieved, even some that didn't place in the top 3.
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Episode 124
Need yeast? Just take a mason jar out to your beehive and collect a few bees and put them in your beer wort of mead must! Bryan Heit, creator of Sui Generis Brewing blog joins us this episode to talk about wild yeast among other things! Jeff is in a conundrum, his keg collection might be getting out of control according to his wife, and finally, we tackle a few Reddit friends to wrap the show. Hey, hope to see you at the Iron Bee!
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Episode 123
Mazer Cup medalist Pavel Anisimov visits the Mead House to share some thoughts on his mead making, a last minute schedule change for segment 2 leads JD and Jeff into a discussion on using used bourbon barrels and barrels in general and we wrap the show with a couple Facebook Friends.
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Episode 122
Gina dalla Gasperino from Meridian Cacao Company joins us at the bar to discuss cocoa and the cacao bean. Please visit their website and check out the Education link.
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Episode 121
Bryan Pierce from Yakima Chief Hops joins us for an interesting and inspiring discussion on integrating hops into meads. Summertime is right around the corner, what's going to be on tap at your house when you fire up the BBQ? We discuss a few summertime flavors and ideas to get you started, and finally we wrap with a couple questions from our Facebook Friends.
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Episode 120
Iron Bee supporter, Josh Eckton owner of a new start-up, White Bear Meadery in White Bear Lake Minnesota joins us this episode, and then with summertime just around the corner, Ryan and Jeff talk Rose...no, not the wine, but inspirations taken from it.  How to get that gorgeous rose color into your mead.
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Episode 119
It’s been said that Irish whiskey was the first spirit ever distilled. They’re talking about something that might have occurred around 1 AD. However, it really doesn’t matter if you’ve tried 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey today. Founder and Iron Bee supporter Kieran Folliard stops by the house, and what ensues is
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Episode 118
Before you chop down that spruce tree out back so you can use it in your next brew, you might want to listen to our guest this episode, Randy Schnose from Spruce On Tap. Randy gives us the what for's and why not's of using spruce tips in our brews, JD has a hair-brained idea for one of his port mead projects, yes...it includes bourbon, we go around the table and find out what's cookin', and a few Facebook friends get some answers.
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Episode 117
"A guy shows up in Grass Valley, has a friend he's only known for 6 months, knows nothing about home brewing, and winds up going in with his friend to buy a home brew shop...then comes up with an idea for a product every home brewer needs." Only in America! Anthony Schoensee from BrewSSSential talks about his adventure leading to the development of a stainless steel auto siphon.
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Episode 116
Can you imagine replacing 20-30 pounds of fruit in a melomel with one drop of extract? We welcome Debra Coletti from Amoretti to the show in this episode. JD talks about his first success with a braggot using Ryan's methodology,
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Episode 115
In this episode, home meadmaker Jacob Thill stops buy the house to talk about his experimental Polish meads. Jacob is also a mechanical engineer, and he describes some of the equipment he designed in his homebrew setup. Ryan leads a discussion in dealing with outdated and obsolete information found all over the internet, and of course, we use our own experiences to answer a few questions from our Facebook Friends.
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Episode 114
Ryan: “How much fruit would you put in a 5 gallon batch?” Curt Stock: “Oh, 30 to 40 pounds…” Wait, what?! Ryan and Jeff host mead guru Curt Stock and dive head first into one of Curt’s favorite things, big Mel’s. Jeff sends out a sample box, he and Ryan
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Episode 113
Kiley Gwynn returns to the Mead House and the group talks about herbs & spices, the MVP contest at Iron Bee, and JD asks her for a top 5 list of herbs and spices to use in a mead, you might be surprised by a couple of them.
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Episode 112
We're back! In this episode, Gary Glass, Director of American Homebrewer's Association is our guest this week, he talks about the advantages of joining AHA, the largest beer competition, HomeBrewCon and more! Ryan gives an update on Iron Bee, if you're looking to volunteer, please register at the competition site and let us know. Meaderies are closing and we discuss ways consumers and mead makers can spread the word about mead such as asking to see the mead list at your favorite fine dining restaurant, and Facebook Friends, this is where we tackle some random questions people have posted in various mead groups.
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Episode 111
In this episode, Mead House is thankful for the many guests who have appeared on our podcast, and we’ve taken a little inspiration from a few of our discussions. We hope you do too! Also, Ryan has a significant update to the Iron Bee, we’ve picked up many sponsors and
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Episode 110
In this episode, Justin Amaral, owner of Mainiacal Yeast Labs joins us for a discussion on alternative and wild fermentation. Ryan has the 411 on a great braggot recipe that is easy to make and comes with a few variables, Jeff tweaks our sweet tooth with talk about a chocolate
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Episode 109
“Transforming fruit through salt curing, smoking, lacto fermentation, acid and heat denaturing, drying, and spontaneously fermenting prior to adding them to beers has been a real game changer for me. “ – Jeff Airman from Paradox Beer Company in Divide, Colorado pays a visit to the Mead House. From wild
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Episode 108
In this episode, Mead House keyholder club member, Kevin McCann joins us at the bar. Kevin is an avid Mead House podcast listener, and gives us a little insight on his mead making and brewing. Kevin has also found a unique way to re-purpose spent grains from brewing in the
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Episode 107
In this episode, Certified Spirits Specialist, Chris Trevino, joins the guys in a discussion about aromas and tastes, training your nose to recognize and pick out certain aromas. Chris also has a YouTube channel, LiquorHound with over 4 million viewers. JD sets out to make a test batch with a
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Episode 106
In this episode, we welcome back for a third visit, Ash Fischbein , owner of Sap House Meadery. Ash  gives us some inspiration with his barrel projects and says while there are just several bottles left, the mirepoix mead is still very much alive! Christmas is coming, we run down a few items that would make great gifts for the home brewer/mead maker.
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Episode 105
In this episode, Jim Ladd, owner of Cascade Beer Candi Syrup Company stops in for as visit. A unique method of adding flavors to beers, meads and cider/cysers, Jim explains how one flavor, Maple Bacon Candi Syrup is great for stouts and porters. Jim talks about how oven toasted coconut flavors seem to fade away over time, yet using a candi syrup helps hang on to the flavor over time.
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Episode 104
In this episode, Matt Falenski, owner of Laurel Highlands Meadery in Pennsylvania stops by for a chat on home mead making and offers some tips. Jeff wonders about sanitizing and dry-hopping ingredients in session meads because of the low alcohol, and we tackle a few posts from our Facebook friends.
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Episode 103
Home meadmaker and martial arts instructor Jonny Sinwali stops by the Mead House to talk about his braggot experiment he worked on. With honey prices increasing, the crew talks about a way to stretch your honey out with session meads, and we round out the show with some Facebook friends.
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Episode 102
Chrissie Zearpoor stops by the Mead House and by request, pairs meads with foods offered by JD, Jeff and Ryan. Chrissie also talks about the strategy of pairing meads, and why it is so difficult to pair beer and wine, yet so easy to pair meads.
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Episode 101
In this episode, Jereme Zimmerman joins us for a chat about his two books, Make Mead Like a Viking, and Brew Beer Like a Yeti. Wild yeast, archaeology, and brewing alcoholic beverages from ancient times.
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Episode 100
This episode celebrates our 100th show in this special 2 hour episode with a little fun and a look back over several years worth of shows. Thank you to all our former co-hosts and a special thank you to all our past guests who have come through the doors here at Mead House. We look forward to another 100 episodes packed with interviews with industry professionals, medal winning meadmakers, and home meadmakes alike. We do have a very special announcement near the end of the show, so you'll want to listen for it!
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Episode 99
Perpetual starters and holiday inspirations starts off this episode. JD leads a discussion about keeping and feeding a starter for future batches, then moves to holiday spices, adjuncts and ideas for inspirational brews. Jeff finds himself in a conundrum with a root beer stout idea. We acknowledge several Facebook fans, and tackle some questions posted in various Facebook mead groups.
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Episode 98
Micro mead making is the topic of our interview with John Duncan, and experienced mead maker doing meads in quart sized mason jars. Michigan Mead Cup is right around the corner, Gail Milburn tells us all about it, and JD sits down with Tom Repas
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Episode 97
"Flavors you get from oak are dependent on temperatures you toast"...Len Napalitano from The Barrel Mill is our guest this episode. Oak spirals are slowly taking the place of oak barrels, and can often be used in older barrels to help the process along, Len tells us why that is and some techniques for oaking your mead.
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Episode 96
Ryan goes on the road with the Mead House mic and visits with Nate Tietge, owner of Dead Bee Meadery.  In the mean time, JD and Jeff have plans for a bourbon barrel, and Ryan decides he wants to look at a solera project with a fresh oak barrel. A few shout outs to some facebook friends, and the show wraps with our next guest list for episode 97, The Barrel Mill.
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Episode 95
In this episode, John Aitchison visits the Mead House. John has been the past president, vice-president and Grand Hydrometer of the nation's oldest homebrew club, Maltose Falcons in Woodland Hills, California. A master mead maker, he's brewed everything from guajilla blossom honey from West Texas to lahua blossom honey from Hawaii.
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Episode 94
In this episode, we discuss the one thing that may make the difference between a flat, flabby ho-hum watery mead, and a well balanced mouth-watering mead...tannin. Probably the most overlooked aspect of mead making, tannin provides the mouthfeel that sets apart good meads from not so good ones.
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Episode 93
In this episode, Mary Izett, co-owner of Fifth Hammer Brewing Co. in New York and author of Speed Brewing is our guest. Brewing to completion in a matter of days in order to drink in a matter of weeks is our topic. What's in the hopper - the crew discusses different projects each has brewing and we tackle a couple questions from various social media outlets.
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Episode 92
In this episode, Jill Clark from Dutch Gold Honey returns to talk honey & share the story about Dutch Gold Honey and the infamous Honeybear. JD has a couple projects about ready to launch and requests some interaction with our listeners on one of them,
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Episode 91
In this episode, John Blichmann, president of Blichmann Engineering™ is our guest, he has over 25 years of brewing experience, started Blichmann Engineering over 16 years ago and is now the industry leader in quality, support, and innovation. 
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Episode 90
"People and planet ahead of profit.." Kiley Gwynn from Mountain Rose Herbs featuring high-quality herbs and spices, teas and much more stops by the Mead House this week. She talks about tinctures, teas and decoctions using herbs and spices in mead making and brewing.  JD is considering deydrated fruits in place of whole fruits in a re-do of a coconut mango braggot, Ryan talks about not wasting the byproducts of your brewing, including bread making with grains to composting the trub.
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Episode 89
In this episode, Jill Clark from True Source Honey joins us, do you know where your honey really comes from? Jill will tell us how we can be sure it comes from reliable sources. Also, what were the boys up to during their hiatus, and more Facebook Friends where we discuss questions gathered from various Facebook mead groups. Featured Products mentioned in this episode: Dutch Gold Honey Omega Yeast
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Episode 88
Show Notes: “I have good ideas!” Joe Kurowski, head brewer at White Labs, visits The Mead House. We talk discuss fermenting under pressure (not fermenting while listening to the Queen/David Bowe 1981 hit), yeast autolysis when bottle conditioning, using yeast found on fruit trees in Denmark and more. Bill Quirk stops by
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Episode 87
Lance Shaner, founder and owner of Omega Yeast is our guest at The Mead House this episode. Lance shares information about several heat resistant yeasts that could alleviate temp control issues some have in warmer climates. Facebook friends always produce some interesting discussions, Ryan found one involving a carrot mead,
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Episode 86
Ryan crashes the Minnesota Mead Up last weekend and caught up with a couple mead House celebrities! Sour meads find a rare competition in Tampa Bay, Florida, sponsored by Special Hoperations , if you have a sour mead ready to be judged, you have until June 8th to submit your entry! We cover a few Facebook Friends, and wrap with Jeff's review of a couple beverages brewed by Ryan. Hey, thanks for listening! Make sure and rate us 5 stars on your favorite podcast player, iTunes, & Stitcher Radio!
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Episode 85
This week, award-winning meadmaker, Matt Weide returns to The Mead House. Scoring a silver for a Carolina Reaper mead, he describes the process as well as a project he’s working on to determine if people can actually tell if a mead has been backsweetened or has been stopped to leave
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Episode 84
In this episode, Ryan and Jeff critique JD’s H1 & H2 braggot offerings, (recipe for H1 is below), Facebook Friends, the crew tackles a few questions posted by our friends in a few facebook mead groups. In the interest in promoting mead, the introduction of mead to people who have
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Episode 83
Mazer Cup gold medalist, Josh Mahoney, returns to The mead House and sticks around for the whole show! He talks about his Double 50 award winner, a little on bee keeping, Jeff discovers an accidental infection that leads to a tasty sour mead. So you’re a mead maker and now
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Episode 82
JD, what's HTO?! Listen for it! Kyle Peterson from WineHaven joins us to talk mead while we enjoy a few glasses of his award-winning Stinger mead! The son of a long time bee keeper talks about his effort to produce Stinger, making mead in general, and a bit of advice for JD's Mead Port project. Do you have a batch of mead you're just not wild about? Wait before you toss it, Ryan leads a discussion on blending, a way to salvage a mead thast just isn't up to par. Facebook Friends, William from Main has a braggot project he's working on and Alex Haag discover's a new use for Anova's Sous Vide machine!
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Episode 81
Slam the door open & hit the lights! Welcome to The Mead House! This episode we cover a number of Facebook Friends, including using Oxy-Clean, a Blueberry Melomel, bread yeast and much more! JD has a couple projects he’s working on, particularly a Blackberry/Cherry mead Port. His concern is leaving
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Episode 80
Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor, author of The Art of Mead Tasting and Food Pairing, joins the show this episode. If you're into the culinary culture, love to cook and make mead at home, this is a "must-have" book to go with your best cookbooks.
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Episode 79
Celebrating 2 years here at The Mead House, episode 79 includes a report from co-host Jeff Shouse on his trip to 2018 Mazer Cup International. Jeff talks a bit about his experience as a judge, and gives some insight on the entry and scoring process. JD runs through a bourbon barrel cyser recipe with a twist, adding oak chips during fermentation, and using honey malt to add some mouthfeel and more honey character.  See his recipe below! Thank for listening, we appreciate all our listeners, and please, rate us 5 stars on your favorite podcast player!
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Episode 78
JD and Ryan at the table this episode, Jeff is getting ready for his trip to the Mazer Cup in Colorado. In this episode, Facebook Friends looks at several issues including a recipe by Shawn Larson using Shagbark! Ryan leads a discussion about using alternative bottle carbing sugars, and aging. Modern mead making implies make it fast so you can drink it now, but are we overlooking what JD calls, "time does a bottle good?" Thanks for listening, and be sure and rate us 5 stars on your favorite listening player, iTunes and Stitcher radio!
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Episode 77
Test batches, how do you handle yours? JD says all his batches are test batches! What do you do with 80 gallons of expired organic apple juice that has started to ferment, and Jeff talks about allergies and clearing agents using shellfish. Thanks for listening, we appreciate all our listeners and be sure to rate us 5 stars on your favorite listening venue, iTunes, and Stitcher Radio!
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JD & Jeff
It's just JD and Jeff this episode and Jeff has a new experiment going on!
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Episode 76
Award wining, longtime mead maker and brewer, Pat McNealy, joins The Mead House crew for this episode. We review a few facebook posts, and JD talks about making labels. Thanks for listening, we appreciate all of out listeners! Make sure and give us 5  stars on your favorite listening venue, iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or your favorite podcast player!
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Episode 75
Is there such a thing as OMD (Obsessive Mead Disease)? Moises Martinez joins us tonight to talk about his! Also in this episode, Mazer Cup talk and the Hopper List update.  Thanks for listening, be sure and rate us 5 stars on iTunes, Stitcher radio or your favorite podcast player!
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Episode 74
The Bee Whisperer, Michael Jordan joins us on the show, Jeff opens up a discussion on pursuing an historical mead...sort of, and is looking for suggestions on hops from Ryan and JD. New Years has come and gone, but did you have any New Brew-solutions for 2018? We did, and we'll tell ya about 'em! Thanks for listening, and please rate us 5 stars on iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcast player! 
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Episode 73
Steve Wilkes from Steve's Brew Shop and James Spencer from BasicBrewing Radio join us this episode, also, some discussion on bochets and hops. Thanks for listening, make sure and give us 5 stars on iTunes or your favorite listening venue!
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Episode 72
Back in the saddle again, the boys are back with guest All Boyce, co-founder of the famed  Minnesota Mash-Out homebrew competition, BJCP Finance Director and judge. The holiday roundup - new & old projects catch-up, and a few upcoming competitions. Thanks for listening, don't forget to rate us 5 stars on your favorite listening venue, iTunes and Stitcher Radio!
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Episode 71
Laura Angiotti, an historical mead researcher joins us for a chat on historical meads, check out her website, Mystery of Mead where she goes into detail about re-creating historical meads. What's on your Christmas wish list? The crew discusses theirs, plus a big thank you to all the guests who have appeared on The Mead House Podcast! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, we'll see you when we return on January 9th, 2018! Be sure and contact us if you have a topic you'd like us to talk about, and be sure and rate us 5 stars on your favorite podcast player venue! Thanks for listening!
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Episode 70
Ryan is back from his wandering across the country, he spent some time with Carvin Wilson while in Arizona, he'll give us the rundown on his visit, Mike Simmons from Meridian Hive Meadery in Austin Texas joins us at the table, and we get caught up on a few projects.
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Episode 69
A short chat with Jason Phelps from Ancient Fire Meadery about his coffee mead, a DIY fermentation chiller project JD put together and part 2 of basic mead making.
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Episode 68
Ash Fishbein from Sap House Meadery returns, Mirepoix Mead for the kitchen, Smoked Pete, good enough to occupy a spot on JD's top shelf bourbon collection, Ash gives the home meadmaker some inspiration to think about. Ryan, Jeff & JD participated in the Texas Meadfest and Hoppy Halloween competitions, and part 1 of modern meadmaking. Be sure and tune in with y our favorite podcast player, subscribe on iTunes & Sticher Radio, as well as right here at The Mead House. Rate us 5 stars while you're listening!
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Episode 67
Steve Fletty, a 2-time American Homebrewers Association Mead Maker of The Year winner joins the show tonight, a listener contacts the show with some new information about how online nutrient calculators may be missing a key part, and a discussion about mead flavors, not just any flavor, sweet & savory flavors! Enjoy, and don't forget to rate us 5 stars on your favorite listening venue! Follow us on Twitter too!
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Episode 66
From a previous interview we did with Steve Piatz, author of The Complete Guide to Making Mead, talks about the flavor compounds in honey vs. grapes that sometimes will leave a dry traditional seem a little flat. He also discusses temperature control plus some pointers on balance. The guys review a few samples sent around by the crew and finally, Ryan puts on a demonstration for a braggot for the Minnesota Home Brew Association. Here's the ingredients for Ryan's demo. We're not responsible for your outcome, we only offer this so you can come up with your own result. Make sure and listen to the show for more! 3.15 lbs Munich LME 3.15 lbs Marris Otter LME 2 lbs Belgian Candi Sugar (dark) 5 lbs Wildflower honey (step feed) 1 oz Pacific Gem hops (15min)  
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Episode 65
"Grilled fruit, wood barrel aged, jalapeno, juniper and chamomile stout braggot"...Welcome to episode 65! We wandered out the back door a bit to see whats going on in other parts of the brewing world and found 3 interesting guests to join us on this episode. Remember, score us 5 stars on your favorite listening venue! Thanks for listening!
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Episode 64
Daniel Bauer from Kaw Point Meadery joins us tonight, also listener and Facebook friend, Zack Delashmit and his girlfriend Melissa join us to talk about his accidental braggot and brewing experience. Ryan solves the question of black currants, bet ya didn't know there were more than one! Jeff sent Ryan & JD a box of homemade offering, included was an IPA Braggot. Jeff shares the recipe below. 6.6lbs Maris Otter LME 5-7lbs Basswood honey to SG 1lbs crystal 10L 0.5 lbs aromatic Munich 2oz Apollo hops (pellet) (60 min) Irish moss (20 min) 2oz Cascade (whole) (20 min) Steep the grains in 1.5 gal at 155 for 60 minutes. Follow hop schedule, dose with Irish moss per package directions standard for beer. Add LME last 10 minutes and stir to keep from burning. Cool to 90 degrees and add honey to 1.090, ferment with US-05.
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Episode 63
Back from our hiatus, Josh Mahoney joins us for this episode. he has won boat loads of medals and awards for his braggots and ciders. We also discuss what beer styles works for a braggot, and Ryan has exciting news that leads to a discussion about long-term aging.
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Episode 62
We sent Ryan to HomeBrewCon 2017 in Minneapolis this year, and he talked to a few mead makers and fans at Club Night. It's not too late to start a holiday project, Thanksgiving and Christmas is a good time to share a nice cider, or mead made with a few holiday spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, etc. And can you store wort or must for any length of time? JD, Ryan and Jeff toss it around the table.
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Episode 61
JD & Jeff host the show, Ryan shares a watermelon mead & braggot with James Spencer and Steve Wilkes from Basic Brewing Radio , using some of Ryan's notes, Jeff and JD talk about making a watermelon mead, JD talks about how it was important to own a carpet cleaner one night. Enjoy the show! Be sure and subscribe on Twitter @theMeadHouse and find us on Facebook. Leave your comments and questions, we'll be happy to answer any questions on the podcast.
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Episode 60
Matt Weide joins us for some discussion on Bochet style meads. Matt is a former AHA Mead Maker of The Year, and a Mazer Cup medalist. We'll also toss around session meads, an alternative to the high gravity traditionally brewed meads. JD also asks the crew for some feedback on a cyser inspired by British dry ciders. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast with your favorite player, and talk to us on Facebook and Twitter @TheMeadHouse
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Episode 59
This episode our guest is Thomas Eiibner, a former AHA National Meadmaker of The Year who medaled in a competition with a mead that was just 10 days old! Also, homebrew clubs, are they worth it? What are the benefits, and advantages if any. And finally, Ryan spoke with Brian Joas at HomebrewCon's Club Night about a lime mead that sounded like the perfect summer drink. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast with your favorite player, and talk to us on Facebook and Twitter @TheMeadHouse
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Episode 58
Carvin Wilson joins the boys to talk about his home brewing and philosophies, he was also kind enough to send us a sampling of his meads in a bottle swap. JD sent a box out to the crew a couple months ago, we'll get some feedback on his sample pack, and the Food Bible, if you don't have it, get it. It's an awesome reference if you're wondering what foods pair with other food flavor wise. Need an idea for your next mead? Flip the pages in this book, you'll likely see something that looks like it may be an interesting recipe.
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Episode 57
Scot Shaar, American Homebrewing Association (AHA) National Meadmaker of the Year, 2017 is our guest this episode. He's a distiller by trade, making mead is his hobby. Also this episode, Ryan sat down with James Spencer and Steve Wilkes of BasicBrewing Radio at HomeBrewCon 2017 and tasted 6 of Ryan's meads, and a tale of two honey's, surprising results in caramelizing two batches of honey for the same amount of time yet yielding two completely different results.
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Bonus Episode: Competitions
Ryan and JD had a chance to sit down with Eric Lowe from the Texas Mead Cup, Susan Ruud of Hoppy Halloween and Andrew Adams of Orpheus Meadfest for some brief discussions on their competitions. It's not too late to get in on any one of these, so get your project packaged up and submitted!
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Episode 56
Susan Ruud from Prairie Rose Meadery in Fargo, North Dakota joins us as Mississippi opens the show! JD, Aaron, Jeff & Ryan dig into barrel aged honey and discussions on a Chocolate Cherry mead recipe. Don't forget to subscribe using your favorite podcast player such as Podcast Addict, or iTunes.
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Episode 55
Chris leads a discussion about some of the finer points of fermentation starting with the yeast. Jeff takes the next segment into the world of Brettanomyces after learning about JD's Mars project, and finally, ever use extract flavorings in mead? Beer brewers do, JD explores the idea of replacing fruit, juice & puree with extracts. Enjoy the show and don't forget to subscribe with your favorite podcast player!
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Episode 54
Carlos Bassetti joins us from Superstition Meadery in Prescott Arizona, and what's that growing in one of JD's carboys? Science session with the boys in this episode of The Mead House!
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Episode 53
Ash Fishbein joins us from Sap House Meadery, a discussion on keeping your mead cool now that summer is here, and what the crew thinks about conical fermenters. For 20% off enter MEAD HOUSE at Sap House Meadery. Good until midnight tonight.
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Episode 52
Ryan returns from HomeBrewCon 2017, we pick up where we left off finalizing our "cocktail inspired mead" homework that Ryan assigned each of us a few weeks ago, and JD has another DIY project he explains at the end of the show! Enjoy!
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Episode 51
Bonus episode! 2 hours with JD, Ryan, Mississippi, Jeff and Aaron! We spent some time with Michael Sedlecek and Megan Wannarka from Worker-B tasting 9 different honey's; Basswood from Minnesota, Printemps from Quebec, Honeytrees from Kentucky, Autumn Gold also from Kentucky, Cranberry from Wisconsin, Eucalyptus from Tasmania, Meadowfoam from Oregon, Buckwheat from Quebec, and Carrot from Oregon.
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Episode 50
Tonight we review a few meads sent to us by Ryan, mead cocktails, and much more! Enjoy the show!
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Episode 49
Brainstorming episode! Started out talking freeze-dried fruits, and moved into some brainstorming for some fresh ideas on mead making. We covered the list of ingredients including Magnolia flowers, cucumbers, lemons, basil, nutmeg and a few others. Enjoy the show!
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Episode 48
Mississippi Chris joins us tonight after being AWOL for a couple weeks. Tonight, we discuss a question that a listener submitted about using enzymes in melomels to break down fruit, we also talk about another ingredient that's picking up notice in mead making, hops. Jeff & Ryan run us through setting up and hosting your own small mead tasting.
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Episode 47
Aaron returns from his adventure to South Carolina, and on the way stops in at Schramm's meadery to have a sip of the infamous Heart of Darkness $100 a bottle mead! Ryan enters one braggot in two separate competitions, one for mead, the other for alternative beer and medals! We go around the table with projects the boys are working on, JD has a "leftover" braggot recipe he solicits ideas for. JD also mentions an ancient mead recipe his sister found in a 1747 cookbook, "The Art of Cookery made Plain" by Hannah Glasse: Take five gallons of water, add to that one gallon of the best honey; then set it on the fire, boil it together well, and skim it very clean, then take it off the fire, and set it by; then take two or three races (not sure what that is) of ginger, the like quantity of cinnamon and nutmegs, bruise (mix) all these grossly; and put them in a little Holland bag in the hot liquor, and so let it stand close covered till it be cold; then put as much ale-yeast to it as will make it work.  Keep it in a warm place, as they do ale; and when it has wrought well, tun (typo? not sure) it up; at two months you may drink it, having been bottled a month. If you keep it four months, it will be better.
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Episode 46
Award-winning mead maker,Tom Repas, joins the show and shares some of his knowledge about mead making. The crew also answers a question about honey from listener Ben Duthu. Enjoy the show!
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Episode 45
Tonight we respond to a couple of listeners. Angie shares her concerns about the amount of honey used in a braggot for competition, and David asks about aging, bottles vs. carboys. Enjoy!
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Episode 44
BONUS EPISODE! The boys review a couple more offerings from JD, Mississippi Chris finally gets his Mazer Cup score sheet and says, "I wanted to make a close copy of Ken Schramm's Heart of Darkness which everyone could make using readily available ingredients and without the need to grow your own orchard. I bought some frozen fruit from Walmart along with some juice and concentrate, used some honey that JD sent me, put it in a plastic bucket from Lowes and ended up with a world class example of a mixed fruit melomel.  Mission accomplished." Plus, projects we're planning and idea sharing. As a reminder, the show will be on hiatus for the next 2 weeks, we'll see you back here on April 25th! Thanks for listening!
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Episode 43
Aaron sent the guys at the table three bottles of mead from an experiment he did using different hops, Crystal, Calypso and Chinook. The Chinook hopped mead was clearly the winner when the night was over. JD had also sent out some meads, and several were reviewed by the guys with his Bourbon Barrel Braggot coming out the winner. Enjoy the show!
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Episode 42
We started out the show with a few facebook acknowledgments, then moved into a tasting session of a couple of JD’s meads. We also talked about steeping grains for use in meads. Enjoy the show!
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Episode 41
Ryan medals in a local competition with an "other" beer, Mississippi's entries possibly drunk on the way to the Mazer Cup, and toxic honey, should we worry about it
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Episode 40
This will be the last live show as we are going to focus on producing it as a podcast. Nothing about the show is going to change, and our schedule remains the same. We will still have guests and you can still call the show and be a part of it with your questions or comments.
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Episode 39
Back in the saddle, we open with Ryan’s trip to California, then a discussion on themed meads, recipes to follow in the coming weeks. Enjoy the show!
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Episode 38
Ryan talks about a 3 gallon Pyment recipe using 2 cans of Alexanders Gewurztraminer concentrate, and 3 pounds of a light honey like white clover, alfalfa or orange blossom. He recommends 71B for the yeast, and whatever nutrient protocol you usually follow. You’re looking for a starting gravity of anything
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Episode 37
We had a couple tech issues, but managed to save the whole show! Enjoy!
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Episode 36
Nuts, Tinctures and other stuff! Tony Cormier calls the show again! From Ryan: As I’ve gotten a little more into beer brewing, I’ve done a lot of research.  There are even college professors who have done extensive work in home brewing! Here are the 2.5 tips I’ve learned to extract beer better,
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Episode 35
JD's $12 crockpot that he paid $30 for, Mississippi Chris's $30 grain bill that turned into a $200 order, listener Tony Cormier joins us, and a lot more!
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Episode 34
These recipes are far from perfected, but provide a good starting point from which to build great session-style meads.  As a community, we would like to take these recipes and tweak, twist and make them excellent.  Give them a try, put your own spin on them and let us know what works, what doesn't and how to make them perfect.  The recipes can be found in the recipe section under Ryan.
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Episode 33
Welcome back! Happy New Year as The Mead House opens 2017 with a brand new show!
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Episode 32
We take a look back tonight at some discussions we had in the past! Merry Christmas, look for several recipes coming soon including Mississippi Chris’s Heart Murmur! We’ll see you back here at The Mead House on January 3rd 2017!
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Episode 31
Mississippi has a Co2 blowout then discovers a leaky Korny keg, plus a lot more!
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Episode 30
Fun show! Ricky The Meadmaker joins us for an hour of mead talk. Short discussion by the guys on a new project, Graff.
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Episode 29
Jason Russ, owner of Foxhill Meadery in Ashville North Carolina joins us on the show. Then, we talk bottles, corks, labels and gifting during the wrap up. Jeff mentioned a website for awesome labels, BottleMark.com Here’s a couple homemade examples of the labels JD was talking about.
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Episode 28
Tonight was braggot and chocolate night in The Mead House!
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Episode 27
Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery joins in on discussions of braggots, cyser’s and ciders!
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Episode 26
The boys talk about equipment investment, Mississippi Chris has a real good Blueberry Cyser recipe, and more on the braggot projects.
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