Mead Making 201

Mead making

Event Date

Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building, Sensory Theater

Learn more in-depth about mead, a continuation course from Mead 101. Mead 201 is designed for the mead maker who has made 6 or more fermentations. This mead maker will know that it isn’t always beginner’s luck and needs to do much more work to learn how to be successful each and every time. Learn how to set up a small lab at home and learn what tools you need to understand the microbiology happening in your carboy. Defects always happen – but why? A formal introduction to sensory science, led by a member of the UC Davis faculty will be put to use with a study of two styles of mead – in 2018, we will be learning about and tasting melomels and braggots. Using sensory evaluation techniques, we will begin to seriously evaluate mead.

Course Overview:

  • Day 1, September 13th: Sensory Science, Melomels and Braggots
  • Day 2, September 14th: Lab Day
  • Day 3, September 15th: Deep Dive Into the Ingredients

The Learning Experience:

  • Hands-on laboratory experiences with an emphasis on introductory microbiology
  • An introduction to how our personal sensory apparatus works
  • A focus on melomels: A balancing act of fruit and honey
  • Braggots: What makes a good beer a great beer? Honey
  • Defining a stylistic category: are there any rules?
  • Yeast selection
  • Defects: how to understand and avoid
  • Solving problems in the fermentation process
  • Melomel research: three recipes, three yeasts, one honey

Only 45 seats available due to limited spacing in our labs!

For more information about the re-organization of our courses, visit our mead page.


Mead 201
Date: September 13-15, 2018

Fee: $900 after August 12th

Register here



Amina Harris Amina Harris, Director, Honey &  Pollination Center, Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis
Chik Brenneman Chik Brenneman, Winemaker and Manager, LEED Platinum Teaching and Research Winery, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
Dave Block Dr. David Block, Professor and Chair, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis
Jean-Xavier Guinard Dr. Jean-Xavier Guinard, Professor and Interim Executive Director; Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science
Ken Schramm Ken Schramm, Author, The Compleat Meadmaker; Owner and Head Meadmaker, Schramm’s Mead, Ferndale, Michigan
Lucy Joseph Lucy Joseph, Culture Curator, Wine Yeast and Bacteria Collection, Department of Viticulture and Enology
Mike Faul Mike Faul, Owner, Rabbit's Foot Meadery, Sunnyvale, CA
Pete Bakulic Petar Bakulic, President, Mazer Cup International Mead Competition, Boulder, CO
  Vidhya Ramakrishnan, Co-founder and CEO of Ferminkasi Inc., Sacramento, CA


Special Thanks to Our Donors

Schramm's Mead
Nectar Creek
Z Specialty Food
Oron Mor Meadery
Rabbit's Foot Meadery
Atlantic Brewing Company