Fruit Mead with Ken Schramm – BeerSmith Podcast #262

by Brad Smith on July 27, 2022 · 0 comments

Ken Schramm joins me from Schramm’s Meadery to discuss growing fruit for use in his big fruit meads.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (56:16)

  • This week I welcome back Ken Schramm from Schramm’s Mead. Meadery.  Ken literally “wrote the book” on mead making called “The Compleat Mead Maker”.  Ken was also a founding member of the Mazer cup and has won numerous national awards including a lifetime achievement award from the American Homebrewers Association.  His meadery arguably makes some of the highest rated meads in the world from fresh fruit, spices and honey.
  • We discuss Ken’s meadery and some of the new projects he’s working on.
  • We discuss the impact of COVID, shutdown of his tasting room and move into farming.
  • Ken explains why the specific variety of fruits matter when making fruit mead.
  • He tells us how he got into fruit farming and his orchard and a bit about it.
  • Ken gives us his overall experience with fruit farming so far.
  • We discuss a few of the fruits he is growing starting with Black Currants which were banned from 1911 to 1966 in the US.
  • Ken talks about growing and using berries including blackberries, raspberries, loganberries.
  • We discuss his orchard which grows a number of stone fruits including apples, cherries, plums and pears.
  • We talk about the long game which is to figure out which specific fruit varieties work best in meads.
  • Ken tells us how growing his own fruit has impacted his own mead making. He also explains how is mead making has evolved over the years.
  • Ken provides his closing thoughts.


Thanks to Ken Schramm for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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