Making Braggot – Mead and Barley with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #138

by Brad Smith on December 6, 2016 · 1 comment

PodNew200Michael Fairbrother, the founder of Moonlight Meadery joins me this week to discuss how to make Braggot which is a combination of beer and mead made from both honey and barley grain.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (46:19)

  • Today my guest is Michael Fairbrother, the founder and CEO of Moonlight Meadery. Michael is also a nationally award winning mead maker and has brewed some of the finest Braggots I’ve ever tasted.
  • We start with a discussion of what Braggot is and also a bit about the history of Braggot.
  • Michael explains some of the interesting regulations surrounding Braggot which is in a bit of a no-mans land in many states due to differences in laws governing breweries and wineries.
  • Michael talks about the two basic ways of creating braggot – fermenting the honey and barley togther versus blending a finished mead with a finished beer.
  • We discuss which beer styles are best to use as a base for a Braggot, but also how experimenting can create some interesting results.
  • Michael shares his process for brewing an award winning Braggot.
  • We talk about the use of nutrients and oxygen during fermentation.
  • Michael shares his thoughts on sulfites and sorbates used to arrest fermentation and stabilize the braggot.
  • He explains the backsweetening process, though he does not use it much.
  • We discuss filtering a mead or Braggot and what options you have at home.
  • Michael talks about the historical use of spices and some spices you can try in your Braggot.
  • He shares his final tips on Braggot.
  • Michael shares some of the new things going on at Moonlight Meadery including both Braggots and Ciders.

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Craft Beer January 16, 2017 at 2:41 pm

Thank you for posting great articles on beer making.

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