Delve into the ancient art of mixing honey with local fruit, flowers, roots & herbs to create divine expressions of beverage bliss. This hands-on event will guide participants through the process of harvesting ingredients and preparing them for the mead, discussing basic qualities of flowers, fruits, roots, etc. & how to handle & use them. Then we'll blend these things together with water & honey, feeding the wild yeasts, to create the beginnings of a most delightful beverage! Folks who are already familiar with basic mead making will delight in learning new tricks of the trade and age old wisdom. Class will include a discussion of yeast, exploring many varieties of commercial yeast and their unique nuances and applications. You'll learn about wild vs. open fermenting, starter “bugs”, and how to create your own personal yeast strain. We'll end with a brief discussion on racking, bottling, and storing your brews while sampling a few lovely examples of fermentation and alchemical magic!
$35-75 per person, sliding scale. Additional $5 fee to register at the door.
Marissa Percoco and her family have been exploring community for years, traveling the backcountry on a shoe-string, from coast to coast through deserts, mountains, hot springs, and oceans. Learning plants, animals, stories, songs and local ways of weaving into harmony with the environment is her family's passion. Fermentation is a special love of Marissa's, and she's been lucky enough to study with several very knowledgeable teachers over the years. Wild Fermenting and 'liberation from refrigeration' are special areas of obsession, with an addiction to discovering new uses for strange & exotic plants. Marissa is deeply rooted in the Earthskills movement and is now nesting in Barnardsville, NC. To learn more about Marissa & what she's up to, check out her website at www.wilderlandia.org.
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