Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Pouring 3

Making Mead at Toronto Botanical Garden

In January, the Urban Beekeeping Series included a mead making program led by award-winning meadmaker Catherine Henderson. During this three-hour class, we learned how to turn honey into mead. We’ll need to wait until the fermenting process is complete before enjoying our sweet elixir.

Here’s a sneak peak of what we learned in class:

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Jug Pots
Setting up, pots, jugs, utensils, corks and masking tape.

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Pots
We’re aiming for seven  jugs.

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Empty Jugs
The jugs are clean and sterilized.

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making honey
The most important ingredient, honey!

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Spices
Spicing our mead makes it metheglin.

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Yeast 1
We’re using yeast to help the fermenting process.

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Yeast
A little zest is added to our spices.

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Gravity
Checking the gravity with a hydrometer. It was floating in the middle of the pot! Gravity readings help us control the alcohol content.

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Pouring

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Pouring 2

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Pouring 3
Next step… sealing the jugs.

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Corking

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Corking 2

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Classroom
Students listening to Catherine describe what to expect when they get home.

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