Event Details

Mead Making Class 2.1

Time: August 31, 2019 from 1pm to 3pm
Location: Eric Baxter Residence
Street: 12986 Tangerine Blvd
City/Town: West Palm Beach, FL 33412
Website or Map: https://goo.gl/maps/pHLCZqMJV…
Event Type: hands-on, workshop
Organized By: Eric Baxter and Jennifer Holmes
Latest Activity: Sep 7

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Event Description

True hands-on with Jennifer Holmes and Eric Baxter


For those who have sat in on a lecture or demonstration on making mead, or have a few small batches under their belt, but want to learn more, this is for you.

In this hands-on workshop, each participant will prepare and go home with a gallon of Mead and the knowledge to see it through to maturity.

You will need:

1 Gallon Carboy or Food Grade Bucket w/lid and hole for airlock

Bung and Airlock (or Balloon)

Honey-3-4 lbs

Yeast (or not)

Fruit (or Fruit Juice) & Spices Optional

Cost: $25 fee for members + non-members

If you don’t have Equipment, Honey, or Yeast, let us know and we will have available for you to purchase on-site (limited supply; first come, first serve)


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Comment by Diane A.S. Stuckart on September 7, 2019 at 12:22pm

Eric -- Gerry and I plan to be at the rescheduled class and we will still need equipment and honey for TWO batches. Thanks! ~Diane 

Comment by Kevin Easton on August 29, 2019 at 8:47pm

Beeks, Sorry to postpone our 201.  Hope the extra time helps you to prepare and get you and your bees strapped in.

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Comment by Diane A.S. Stuckart on August 25, 2019 at 12:39pm

Thanks for all the info. Gerry has already talked with Eric so we should be set. We're not big on saw palmetto honey so we probably want to make one batch with orange blossom and one batch with multifloral, so dibs on that!! See everyone on Saturday. ~Diane

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Comment by Eric Baxter on August 23, 2019 at 10:59am

Thank you Lee for responding to some of the comments yesterday for me. I could not figure out how use my phone to respond to comments. Again Thank You

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Comment by Eric Baxter on August 23, 2019 at 10:36am

Here is a list and run down of what is available and pricing.1 Gallon carboy with rubber stopper, air lock and thermometer are $13.00. The yeast packets are about $2.50 to $4.00. I also have saw palmetto honey that I extracted last month at $18.00 each. As well Jennifer will have other varieties available as listed in previous comments below. I also have star fruit available on my trees free. If you have any questions please call me at 561-294-7665 for a quick response. I will check the comments at home. I was having trouble using my phone and could not respond to comments sorry. I will check comments when I get home in the evenings. Sorry for the delay in responding.

Comment by Jennifer Holmes on August 21, 2019 at 5:24pm

Hi Andy, I can bring Saw Palmetto, Orange Blossom, Gallbery, and Multifloral in 3lb. All Local accept the GB which is from Gainesville area. We will be diving as deep as we can in this workshop, so bring what ever you want to work with and questions, and we will have a fun time sharing and making mead together. 

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Comment by andy pickrell on August 21, 2019 at 3:47pm

if it is your first time i might suggest you do as "vanilla" a batch as possible, meaning you might want to consider limiting your adjunct ingredients (stuff other than water, honey, and yeast) to see what the "starter set" contains, so to speak.  

once you have the basic program down (sanitation, ratios, procedure, logistics, etc.) that is the time to start to experiment with melomels, metheglins, and cysers which is mead plus adjuncts.  for example, below Beverly DeMarco said "...bringing newly bought cloves, nutmeg..."  These adjunct ingredients produce a mead that is actually called a metheglin.  perfect to ideas !  

keep it simple.  don't over think it.  I have made over 480 some batches over 30 years.  i'm still a fledgling mycologist/zymologist.  looking to break 500 maybe next year.

Jennifer, what is the source of the honey available if participants need honey?  i don't have honey this year, letting the bees keep it all.  is it commercial honey with drone guts and brood pupa kindly filtered?  or is it locally grown and not funny hunny??  without quality honey, i'll probably just show up and watch.  making mead with costco honey is quite disappointing, just makes you want to get headache drunk and regret the several months you waited for a true bliss from your zymological experience.

Comment by Jennifer Holmes on August 20, 2019 at 9:32am

Thank you Beverly! And Gabriela! And the Baxters for hosting this event! It's going to bee fun!

Comment by Jennifer Holmes on August 20, 2019 at 9:31am

Diane and Gerry, Thank you, I will reach out to Eric today to see how much the equipment cost is. The Yeast is inexpensive. You will need 3 pounds of Honey, if you don't have, both Eric and I will have some for sale for Approx $20. The 1 gallon carboy, airlock, and bung should be around $15-$20. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Comment by Gabriela Hassil on August 19, 2019 at 6:20pm

Hi everyone - 

Will reach out to Jennifer and Eric who will have pricing for equipment and such and see if they can drop a note here.

Thank you, Gabriela

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