Best Audience: Beginning meadmakers, particularly those who have other fermentation experience, and meadmakers who have more experience and want to dive a little deeper
I began working with honey as a primary vehicle for fermenting fruit wines. After a couple of years, I realized I’d been making meads and I wanted to deepen my practice. The Compleat Meadmaker : Home Production of Honey Wine From Your First Batch to Award-winning Fruit and Herb Variations by Ken Schramm was perfect.
Ken offers a thorough and compete understanding of how the meadmaking process works, with pointers on how to get started and what to focus on as you learn. I loved the second half where he focuses on how to move beyond the basics, like aging and working with ingredients beyond hone, water, and yeast. My favorite chapter was the one on Honey, which moves beyond the basics into a discussion of chemistry and how it affects the flavor of both the honey and the mead fermented from it. I gained a better appreciation for the ferementations that I was already making. Better, though, I used some of Ken’s techniques to improve my own ferementations.
I would heartily recommend The Compleat Meadmaker : Home Production of Honey Wine From Your First Batch to Award-winning Fruit and Herb Variations by Ken Schramm to both beginning mead-makers and to folks who have some experience with either wine-making or brewing been. It’s a title I’ve returned to many times over in my practice, one I’m heartily thankful I found.
The Bottom Line: The Compleat Meadmaker : Home Production of Honey Wine From Your First Batch to Award-winning Fruit and Herb Variations by Ken Schramm has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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