Bochet (Burnt Honey Mead) – saga continues

Author: LadySylvia  //  Category: Geneneral Posts

Well, I racked the batches of bochet over.


The good news first:

They are a beautiful rich carmel brown color.  The one without spices has very little nose to it.  The one with spices has a slightly spicy nose (go figure).  They are clear and, though I did not take hydrometer readings yet, are probably running around 6% alcohol.

Now the bad news:

They both taste metalic.  REALLY metalic.  Appearently using the cast iron post, though wicked cool, was a bad idea.  Sigh.


So, what is the next step?  Here is the plan for now…

I will let them sit in the carboys for a good long time.

I will cross my fingers.

I will hope the metal taste will dissapate over time.


In the meantime, I think I need to try again with more modern cooking vessels and see if I can do the same recipe, smaller because I don’t have a seven gallon cooking pot, and see if I can get the metalic flavor out.  It just won’t be drinkable otherwise.  Although, it has been a good academic experience, I need to work with this recipe some more to make it both period AND yummy.  😉


Bochet take two needs to happen soon!



Bochet – “Burnt Honey Mead”

Author: LadySylvia  //  Category: Geneneral Posts

So I just found this in my drafts… Better late than never?  🙂


Bochet is a “Burnt Honey Mead” found in The Goodman of Paris translated by Eileen Power.

I plan on putting this mead together over Memorial Day weekend.  Hopefully it will soften the blow of not going to Panteria with my horses…

To that end, you will find a brand new category at Meadlady!  It is entitled “Period Recipes and Redactions” and will include what recipes I can find and how I’ve redacted them.  I do not pretend to be an expert.  If you have information that will help me refine the redactions I have made, your input is welcomed and encouraged!

The first one I will include is the bochet recipe, as I need to redact it in order to prepare for the making of the recipe.  As time goes on, I will include past and future redactions for your reading pleasure!

“Mead Lady” – Tee hee!

Author: LadySylvia  //  Category: Geneneral Posts


I recently went into a local wine and cheese shop to look for a bottle of port.  An employee offered her help and as we were talking, I mention something about mead.  Appearantly we had talked before because she gave me a second look and said “Oh!  You’re the “mead lady!”  Little does she know…

It made me giggle!  Tee hee!

Newest Member of the Order of the Maunche

Author: LadySylvia  //  Category: Geneneral Posts

Well, it happened.  Last weekend at King’s and Queen’s Bardic Champions Competition, Their Majesties saw fit to induct me into Their Order of the Maunche.  I received this honor because of my brewing, which is pretty cool.

This moment was made even more special because the room was filled with the members of the Endewearde Brewer’s Guild, brewers from Thunder (OOF-DAH!) and my friends and family from Endewearde and Malagentia.  My scroll was done by Lady Damiana and Mistress Carolyne.  The words were crafted by my very good friends Aneleda and Jean – who swept the Bardic competition that day.

It was a pretty amazing day!

Below is the text:

That Lady Vey

That Lady Vey

How we do like that Lady Vey!

Shall we now praise her Brew array?

Oh How we like them, Lady Vey!

Would we like them here, or there?

We would like them anywhere!

A beer, a beer, a beer, a beer

She surely makes a fine brown beer!

An Ale An Ale A hale pale Ale

In brewing one she would not fail!

She can make an Allis Mead!

Taste it! It is what you need!

She has spicy metheglin,

who’s taste will make you warm within!

Have ye had PotusYpocras?

I wish’d I had a bigger glass!

Hast had blueberry mealomel?

It made me leap like a gazelle!

Berry cordial sweet and fine?

I tell my friends that bottle’s mine!

I muse upon her cyser gold…

No apple’s better used, all told!

And can she make a pyment too?

Oh Yes, that Lady Vey can brew!

Does she know of the content?

And how to bottle and ferment?

She comopunds with a sure intent,

and all sure facts she can present.

Oh She can bottle and ferment!

And measure alcohol percent!

But does this lady document?

That task she’d never circumvent!

Ah! Can she clear the heady brew?

False cloying mung she does subdue!

Well, Does she know the kinds of yeast?

More than good huntsmen know of beast!

She is friend of bard and bee!

She is friend of you and me!

Fill up your cups and you will see!

Shall she join the Maunche’s Order?

It is here writ by recorder!

At this Bardic for King and Queen

In Feburary’s winter mean

On the fifth day, which thus arrived

Anno Sociatitis forty-five.

In Endewearde’s most festive hall

Among her friends, yes, one and all!

At the fine Bardic event,

Which her gifts did help cement.

How we do like that Lady Vey!

Thusly she is a Maunch this day.

As we like our King and Queen-a,

Kind Griffith, fair Aikaterine.

So we give it to their hands,

signed by rulers of these lands.

Endewearde Brewers Guild Project

Author: LadySylvia  //  Category: Geneneral Posts

At long last, the Endwearde Brewers Guild shared our first official guild-wide project.  We chose a quick mead recipe from Digby.   A window of time was chosen to brew the mead and we were to share our results at the Endewearde Hunt in October.  Alas, several people were not ready to share and the evening was filled with a roundtable judging.  After deciding to postpone our sharing, we chose to present our meads at the post revel after Bare Blade Tavern Brawl. 

Four people shared their “Lord Herbert’s Mead.”  Lord Gwillim and Alessandra both used the same yeasts and yielded similar meads – dry and full of spices.  Lord Otto and Lady Agatha chose a champagne yeast.  Theirs was also on the drier side, but had cleared very quickly and had a clean flavor with hints of the spices.  My own quick mead was made using left-over yeast pack from another methaglin I had made (which had been made using Lalvin 71B-1122 – my yeast of choice).  It was sweet and spicy, with a decent amount of spice evident.  I know of one more gentle who has participated in our guild project and look forward to sampling his mead.  (I hear it did not ferment much at all – interesting!) 

Doing guild-wide projects is a great way to experiment with differing ingredients, methods, and environments.  We had a terrific time tasting and analyzing our results.  Plus, it gave us yet another excuse to play! 

So, what’s the next project????

Inter Kingdom Brewers Guild and the Known World Round Table

Author: LadySylvia  //  Category: Geneneral Posts


My family attended Pennsic 39 and had a wonderful time.  The middle Sunday was the Inter Kingdom Brewers Guild and Known World Roundtable meetings.   The Endewearde Brewers Guild was well represented, with 4 brewers entering items and 2 more attending the roundtable. 

Lord Gwillim brought his My Lady Bellassises Mead, which scored a 94; 

Lady Aneleda brought her pear/blackberry, which scored a 96;

Lord Otto brought 2 beers/ales which did well – “Ende der Welt” English/American Pale Ale got a 88% and the “Livin’ the Dream” Sweet Stout got a 92%

And because if I don’t list my own accomplishments my husband (Vey) will have a hissy fit…  I entered my first ale – a brown ale that scored an 84, 2 cordials that scored 76  (blueberry/lime – interesting story…) and an 89 (strawberry ginger), a strawberry melomel, that would have shown better cooled that received an 88, and my crowing glory – my CYSER, my favorite beverage to make, that scored a 99. 

Lord Neville and Lord Alan also joined us for the festivities at the KWRT – always a good time!

Go Endewearde Brewers!  We rock!

For more information regarding the Inter Kingdom Brewers Guild, please visit:

Great Northeastern War Potables Contest

Author: LadySylvia  //  Category: Geneneral Posts

So, Master Earnst graced us with his presence at the GNEW potables contest this year.  It has been some time since he has been able to do that.  He was certainly a welcomed addition to the group.  He basically ran a potables clinic throughout the roundtable.   It was a new twist on an old format and I enjoyed it.

Congratulations to all those who entered their potables this year.  I truly enjoyed tasting the fruits of everyone’s labors.  It is always nice to see what others are working on.   Though meads are certainly my favorite, I really enjoyed tasting the beers/ales this year.  There weren’t many entries, but those that entered were truly lovely.  I may even like wheat beers now.

It was nice to see some new faces and a several of those who have been attending for a while.  I hope you all had as much fun as I did!

Many Thanks go out to Lady Atarah, who was organized and moved things along quickly.  A job well done!  Vivat!

Contribute a comment or a new thread idea!

Author: LadySylvia  //  Category: Geneneral Posts

Alright, so I’m not sure how to do this any other way, but if youi’d like to start a discussion or a new thread, post it under “Contribute a discussion idea!”  I’ll move it into a new page so people can see the subject and click there.  I welcome your comments and discussion ideas! 

Someday, I may actually understand how to use my blog site better and figure out how people can just start a thread on their own.  (Or maybe my tech savy friends will find this a great opportunity to mock (educate) me…

The Waiting is OVER!

Author: LadySylvia  //  Category: Geneneral Posts

Finally!  I have my copy of one page from a medieval manuscript containing 2 mead recipes.  The pages are faded and the calligraphy is difficult to read, but they’re all mine!  🙂 

Now there are 2 big questions that have emerged:

1.  What is the origin of the manuscript – date, author, etc.?

2.  What is the actual recipe truly asking for?  I have an idea that it may be different from the original redaction that was presented to me some months ago.  Working on my version of the redaction is truly a big undertaking.  The writing part is easy, the follow through by making the recipe – not so much. 

Very exciting winter project…


Author: LadySylvia  //  Category: Geneneral Posts

I am waiting and waiting for a copy of the manuscript I ordered from the British Library.  I wonder when it will get here.  I wonder if I’ll be able to read it.  I wonder if it will give me any insight to what people were doing in period (any moreso than just seeing the text).  I wonder what it will be like to own an image of a period recipe that is not only authentic and relevant, but controversial to boot.  I wonder if “pomace” means apples or “crushed honeycomb”. I wonder how I can verify any of what people are telling me.  I wonder what if the person who recorded that recipe had any idea that people 500 years in the future would even care.

I am waiting and waiting.