Ask the Meadmaker: Glucose Shock
Today on Ask the Meadmaker we’re going spelunking! I don’t know what that is, but I know if you go spelunking you get to wear one of these! [MUSIC] Welcome to Ask the Meadmaker where I, Ricky
the Meadmaker, answer your questions about mead making, mead drinking, mead brewing,
really any questions you’re willing to send to me. Our first question this week, I got last week at the Fermentation Festival at Green Mountain
College, and it was a great one: “What is the craziest thing you’ve ever brewed
with?” It’s hard to answer, but I’d say one of two
things. One time, I filtered some hot pepper tea in such a way as it was spicy but had
no pepper flavor, and I did it in a hydromel, so it was startling.
The other weirdest thing… Midori. Now it’s time for some follow-up. A few episodes
ago, Claire wrote to us and asked if the mead she poured into her houseplant was going to
kill it. I said that I did not know and asked her to
share with us if her plant survived and what kind of plant it is or was.
Well, you’ll be happy to know, Claire’s philodendron survived! And, because we didn’t want to just
rely on her data, this plant right here has been watered exclusively with mead and coffee
for two months, and it appears to be doing just fine.
So, I guess, there’s your answer? Last week, Scott M. wrote in and asked if
we had ever done a honey tasting with the Honey Flavor Wheel from UC Davis.
The answer, back then, was no. The answer now is, Yes! And we have written an article
summarizing all of the findings from that tasting, but I saved my tasting to do on-screen for
all of you. Don’t do it. Don’t do it; you’re gonna make
yourself sick. I’ve got my Honey Flavor Wheel. I’ve got my
tasting notes. [CLEARS THROAT] How to put… Alright. I’m gonna nip this question in the
bud before anyone asks: Dear Meadiacs, I’m sure you want to know,
did we get you anything for the holidays? The answer is… we sure did! And we’re going
to be releasing information about it using a hashtag. Is that a drug reference? Alright, Rebecca has informed me it is not
a drug reference, it’s a thing on the internet you can Google search for. Okay, I was apparently wrong again. She said, “Just say the following: hashtag midwinter
mead.” Did I do it right? We had a group come in the other day that was on a winery/meadery/cidery tour, and one
of the women asked me, “Why are wineries traditionally very nice spaces and meaderies are more often
found in sort of industrial spaces?” And then she made sure I wasn’t offended, and I was
not because this is a very industrial space. The way we think about it is in the terms of my former boss: “When I walk into a place with hardwood floors, and I know that under those hardwood floors
are perfectly serviceable concrete floors, I think to myself, ‘I’m about to pay too much
for the thing I am about to buy.'” The last question, I am not going to answer
on air, but I do want to make it public: Someone asked me,
“Have you considered life insurance? Now is a very important time for you to think about
life insurance.” And– and I guess– I just wanna know:
Whoever sent this question to me, Is now a much more important time for me to
think about life insurance, and how do you know? And with that, I’m gonna send it over to Ricky with our word of the week. Ricky? Thank you, Ricky! I guess you didn’t get sick from all that honey. I apologize.
This week’s word is actually a guy’s name: St. Ambrose.
And while there are multiple contenders, he is widely considered to be the patron saint
of bees, beekeeping, and by extension, meadmaking. St. Ambrose: our dude of the week. Keep sending
your questions, and I’ll get to them as soon as possible. Cheers. Oh my god. [COUGHING] Oh my god.
I think I have diabetes. [BREATHING DEEPLY] I can feel my legs swelling.