This longer *bonus* episode of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Turtle T. Turtlington on all things mead making while we drink several bottles of homemade mead Turtle brewed. Turtle was previously a guest on episode four of the podcast, where he chronicles his walk across the width of California in a walk deemed the ‘TransCalifornia Trail.’ Recorded at the ‘mystic mine’ house in Nevada City, California January 2019.
We talk about:
instructions on how to make mead
details on primary and secondary fermentation in mead making
mead circles and their importance
the alchemy and mercurial process of mead making
changing and creating culture through fermentation
herbs to use and not to use for mead making
the magic of making meads on special dates and occasions
mead making culture in western North Carolina
a quick view into mead and beer fermentation history
the influence of 'the church' on beer and ingredients
the connection between fermentation and earth-based spirituality
making mead with Scotch Broom and other edgy plants
the relationship between being human and fermenting food and drink
philosophy around alcohol consumption and the poison path
how Frank Cook may have influenced the creation of this podcast
It is important to do your own research before working with plants and fermenting them and to be aware of what herbs may be contraindicated during pregnancy.
Books on mead making mentioned in the podcast:
Stephen Buhner's 'Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers'
Sandor Katz's 'Wild Fermentation' and 'The Art of Fermentation'
'The Compleat Meadmaker' By Ken Schramm
Turtle on YouTube:
Frank Cook on YouTube:
My Blueberry plant profile with Turtle's blueberry mead recipe listed at the end: https://www.ofsedgeandsalt.com/blog/blueberryplantprofile
Miranda Heidler of Wild Bergamot Handcrafts on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/wildbergamotcraft
Wild Bergamot Handcrafts on Instagram: @wildbergamothandcrafts
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Theme music: Mother Marrow
Additional music: Miranda Heidler of Wild Bergamot Handcrafts covering: You've Been a Friend to
Me by the Carter Family and Like a Songbird That Has
Fallen by the Reeltime Travelers
Produced by: Opia Creative