The Mead House
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Five guys with a variety of knowledge and experience sitting around a table discussing making good mead at home, and on occasion wander out into the yard and talk home brewing. Fun, entertaining and instructional, The Mead House will provide you with 90 minutes of home brewing entertainment you don't want to miss!
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The Mead House Episode 79
2 days ago
Celebrating 2 years here at The Mead House, episode 79 includes a report from co-host Jeff Shouse on his trip to 2018 Mazer Cup International. Jeff talks a bit about his experience as a judge, and gives some insight on the entry and scoring process. JD runs through a bourbon barrel cyser recipe with a twist, adding oak chips during fermentation, and using honey malt to add some mouthfeel and more honey character. See his recipe below!
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JD’s Bourbon Cyser Project
5.5 gallons Tree Top (or any preservative-free apple juice)
2+ lbs honey to bring SG to 1.070 (lightly caramelized clover honey)
1 lb honey malt steeped in 2 gallons of apple juice for 24 hours at room temp.
3 oz oak chips (your choice) for fermentation
3 oz Hungarian Oak cubes soaked in bourbon (4 weeks)
1-2 vanilla beans*
Starter (24 hour)
1/2 gallon apple juice
1/4 cup sugar (or enough to reach SG of 1.070)
1/4 tsp yeast nutrient
1 pack Cider House yeast
Prepare fermenter and dump the apple juice in, aerating well. Add the honey malt first, then the honey to SG 1.070.
Make sure the temperature of your starter and must are the same, around 70ºF and pitch your starter. At first signs of fermentation, reduce the temperature slowly over 24 hours to 58º-62ºF for the next 4 weeks.
Rack to secondary, adding 3 oz of soaked oak cubes and liquid and 1 or 2 split vanilla beans*. I may add up to 16 oz of Eagle Rare 10 year bourbon for a more bourbon barrel-like flavor. The intent is not to have a bourbon cider, but more of a barrel aged flavor.
*Vanilla Beans – I may add the split vanilla beans to the soaking oak cubes & bourbon in order to extract more flavor.
Rated 5 out of
Great show to learn and improve your home brewing
I've listened to about 25 episodes so far and I've already got about 10 pages of notes on ways to improve my brewing. I brew both mead and beer, and the team really touches on both even though the name implies it's only about mead. The quality in guests was a bit weak at first but recently they've picked up their game and had some top-quality people from the industry giving away some awesome tips.
Date published: 2017-09-09