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.

Topics include:

  • An introduction to how our 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

Tentative agenda will be available soon.

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


Mead 201
Date: September 13-15, 2018

Fee: $825 ($900 after August 12th)
Discounts are not applicable after August 12th.

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