Honey and Mead with Michael Fairbrother – BeerSmith Podcast #239

by Brad Smith on July 12, 2021 · 0 comments

Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery joins me this week to discuss honey varieties and mead making. Michael is owner and founder of the award winning Moonlight Meadery.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (42:49)

  • This week I welcome back Michael Fairbrother to discuss honey varieties and mead making. Michael is the founder of the award winning Moonlight Meadery, and recently purchased Over the Moon Farmstead as well.
  • We start with a discussion of Michael’s new farm as well as how he has adapted to the pandemic over the last year.
  • Michael tells us some of the unusual properties of honey and how it is harvested.
  • We discuss varieties of honey, some of his favorites, and what makes honey varieties unique.
  • He explains the difference between clover honey, which you can find in the grocery store, and other honey used in mead making.
  • We discuss how to find less common varieties of honey.
  • Michael tells us how to experiment with different varieties of honey to better understand their flavor.
  • We discuss how to make mead and the nutrients needed to get it to properly ferment.
  • Michael explains the different sweetness levels in mead and how they are achieved.
  • We talk about which mead styles are most popular with consumers.
  • Michael provides his closing thoughts on mead and honey


Thanks to Michael Fairbrother for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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