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The Mead House Episode 99

9/18/2018
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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.

The Mead House Episode 98

9/12/2018
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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

Duration:01:24:57

The Mead House Episode 97

9/5/2018
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"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.

Duration:01:29:43

The Mead House Episode 96

8/29/2018
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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.

Duration:01:31:57

The Mead House Episode 95

8/22/2018
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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.

Duration:01:25:42

The Mead House Episode 94

8/16/2018
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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.

Duration:01:35:28

The Mead House Episode 93

7/25/2018
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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.

Duration:01:40:33

The Mead House Episode 92

7/18/2018
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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,

Duration:01:32:28

The Mead House Episode 91

7/11/2018
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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.

Duration:01:41:11

The Mead House Episode 90

7/4/2018
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"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.

Duration:01:45:57

The Mead House Episode 89

6/27/2018
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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

Duration:01:32:24

The Mead House Episode 88

6/6/2018
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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

Duration:01:29:47

The Mead House Episode 87

5/30/2018
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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,

Duration:01:37:48

The Mead House Episode 86

5/24/2018
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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!

Duration:01:55:20

The Mead House Episode 85

5/16/2018
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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

Duration:01:42:20

The Mead House Episode 84

5/9/2018
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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

Duration:01:21:40

The Mead House Episode 83

5/2/2018
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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

Duration:01:21:46

The Mead House Episode 82

4/11/2018
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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...

Duration:01:33:52

The Mead House Episode 81

4/4/2018
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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

Duration:01:35:51

The Mead House Episode 80

3/28/2018
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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.

Duration:01:48:25