March 10, 2018 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
How to Make Mead
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mead occupies a unique category of alcoholic beverage, fermented with three basic ingredients: honey, yeast and water. It is not classified as wine or beer since wine is made from fermented fruit and beer from fermented grains.
Mead may be the oldest of all alcoholic beverages, dating back to at least 7,000 B.C. and enjoyed by Vikings, Mayans, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The Greeks believed bees to be messengers of the Gods, and many Europeans believed mead bequeathed immortality, extraordinary strength and wit. It was also believed to be a healing elixir for diverse complaints and was possibly the original aphrodisiac. The bride’s father would include a month’s supply of mead in the dowry to ensure a fruitful union–hence the term “honeymoon.”
Students will learn the initial steps of making mead and the steps required later during the fermentation process. Everyone will have a chance to taste some fully-brewed mead.
About the instructor: Dave Nichols has been enjoying retirement in Ely, and one of his pastimes is brewing wine and beer. He valiantly offered to take on brewing mead and share what he learns.
Fees: $20 More information
Location: Ely Folk School
209 E Sheridan Street, Ely, MN, 55731