Making Mead at Toronto Botanical Garden

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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 we can enjoy 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 with our fermenting process.

Urban Beekeeping Mead Making Yeast
A little zest 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 to 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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Trish Cassling about the author: Trish Cassling

Trish Cassling is the Social Media/Database/Office/Network Administrator at the Toronto Botanical Garden. She comes to us with customer service, sales and technical backgrounds that make her a valuable asset to the TBG team. Trish is also a TBG beekeeper who is passionate about nature, food, coffee and technology. You can find out more about Trish by reading her blog -- The Adventures of an Urban Flower Girl or following her on twitter @tbgflowergirl.

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