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Spice Up your Dishes with this Craft Mead Hot Sauce Recipe

During August of 2021, Georgia Wine Producers put on Georgia Wine Highway and offered a wine passport for visitors to come and sample up to four varieties of wine or mead from 41 GA wineries, of which Waldmet Cellars was one of the participants. This is what brought John Hollner, the Hot Sauce Sensei, up to Jasper from his home in west Cobb, outside Marietta, where he liked what he tasted and bought so much that two weeks later he drove an hour to try more of our meads!

Waldmet Cellars’ Expansion Continues With Larger Winery & Taproom

Jasper’s first meadery, Waldmet Cellars, is opening a brand new larger winery & taproom this September; just one year after opening. Since opening their doors in August of 2020, Waldmet Cellars has already produced an impressive selection of craft meads and more. Some of which have received medals in local and national competitions.

2021 Georgia Wine Highway

Big changes are coming to the annual event known as Wine Highway. Now known as Georgia Wine Highway and sponsored by Georgia Wine Producers, the statewide organization representing wineries and vineyards in Georgia. In 2020, wine highway transitioned to a month-long event, this tradition will continue in 2021. Georgia Wine Highway will be held the entire month of August 2021.

Defining the Waldmet Style

The Waldmet Style starts with the best ingredients that nature has to offer and combines them in such a way to create imbibable products that develop memorably during their journey across your palate...beginning, middle (mid-palate) and end (finish). There’s no need to be a wine expert to appreciate the flavors as the experience is intuitive and hard-wired into our senses.

Early Spring Celebration

Although the first day of Spring isn't until March 20th, we wanted to get the celebration started a week early. So that means opening up our back patio, half-priced growler fills all weekend, new multi-bottle discounts, more games, and some news about new libations. Also, we can now ship to California! That makes it 38 states!

Meet Our Meadmaker

Meet Mike. He owns Waldmet Cellars and is also the Meadmaker there. He's a bit of a fermentation fanatic, experienced home cook, and an avid craftsman & outdoorsman. With a professional background in marketing, graphic design, and software development; mead has been one of his many hobbies that allows him to step away from a screen and get his hands dirty.

Your Guide to Drinking Mead

Although mead is often associated with Viking and Medieval culture, it has been enjoyed by many others as well. Mead is likely the oldest alcoholic beverage, with evidence of its production being traced back to 6,500 to 7,000 B.C. in Northern China. That's certainly well before beer and grape wine made an appearance. Here’s why you should give this ancient drink a try now.

Spread Some Holiday Cheer

Help spread some holiday cheer this year by sharing some of the finest meads & ciders on offer. We’re a husband and wife team that live in Jasper, GA and make all of our small-batch meads and ciders here as well. Our taproom may have only opened this past August, but we've been crafting fine mead, cider, wine, beer, and more for over 12 years. That dedication to craft beverages certainly shows in the quality of our products. Make sure to enjoy a bottle or two and share some of our unique offerings with friends and family this holiday season.

Barrel-Aged Prereleases and Mead Club Details

The first 3 meads coming from our barrel program are now available for prerelease. This means that you can sample and purchase them in the taproom. In the next few weeks they will be available for purchase online as well. Keep reading for more details about these meads and our mead club.

Mead Club Coming Soon...Plus More Updates

We've been hard at work since the grand opening of our taproom on August 29, 2020. Our mead has already been shipped to 6 states, there are multiple barrels filled with mead that should be going into bottles in the next month or so, more batches of mead are being started, session meads should be available in cans soon, we started offering free WiFi, and the final touches are being put on our mead club...the Kupfer Klub "Copper Club".

Grand Opening of Taproom

Jasper’s first meadery, Waldmet Cellars, will host a grand opening celebration on August 29, 2020 from 1-8 p.m. for its brand-new taproom. A wide selection of meads and other products will be available at the new taproom. For the grand opening celebration, there will be 6+ meads on draft and a few more in bottles. From classic honey to fruit and herb-infused varieties. Other varieties will be announced soon when they are available for purchase.

An Introduction to Mead

Most simply, mead is a wine made with honey. It is fermented with three basic ingredients: honey, water, and yeast. However, there are many different styles of mead, which are based on the basic ingredients (e.g., honey) and flavorings (e.g., herbs, spices) added, degree of sweetness, alcoholic strength, degree of carbonation, and even country of origin.

Spiced Cyser Recipe

Cyser is a type of mead where all (or some) of the water used to dilute the honey is replaced with apple cider. Over the years, I have made many batches of cyser and making it has become a Fall tradition for me. Here is a basic recipe for a 5-gallon batch of spiced cyser. Cheers.

Bee Pollen as a Yeast Nutrient

As with grape wine, the fermentation and maturation process of mead can vary considerably due to multiple factors. Yeast has specific nutrient requirements for reproduction, with nitrogen (particularly yeast-assimilable nitrogen; YAN) being one of the most important. Other major factors that influence mead fermentation are low pH and low mineral content (lighter honey).

Making Jun Tea and Boozy Jun

Jun tea is a fermented beverage made with green tea and honey. It is closely related to kombucha and is not considered an alcoholic beverage if it is at or under 0.5% ABV. If it’s non-alcoholic, then why are we writing about it on a website about mead? Because it doesn’t have to be non-alcoholic and can be made more like a mead, that’s why. Plus it’s delicious and has possible probiotic and other health benefits.

Clearing Cloudy Mead

When I started making mead at home, I didn’t concern myself much with a cloudy batch. It still tasted good and would usually clear in the bottle over time, so why bother?

A Yeast for Every Season

Yeasts are small single-celled microorganisms classified as members of the fungus kingdom. More importantly, the species Saccharomyces cerevisiae loves to convert carbohydrates (sugars) into carbon dioxide and alcohols (ethanol mostly). There are also some other yeast species and bacteria that are utilized to make mead, wine, beer, etc., but Saccharomyces cerevisiae is king.

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