by TriState Homepage
Indiana – They’re the largest producer of mead in the Tri-State and one of the only meaderies in the state of Indiana.
Hedgegrove Meadery & Winery is making alcohol using honey, produced from bees on their property.
They harvest the honey twice a year, taking it from 40 to 50 hives and turn it into mead.
“Now see this isn’t even completely capped over yet but when you’re done you’re going to get quite a bit of honey from just one frame,” said owner Nathan Kluger.
Nathan Kluger and his wife Laura started exploring products to make from honey and in 2012 they launched Hedgegrove Meadery & Winery.
Using honey to make six different types of mead.
“What we would do if this was all ready and all capped over is we would go frame by frame and we would brush the bees off and then we would take that whole box of capped over frames without the bees into the harvest room and would begin harvesting,” said Kluger.
Harvesting the honey is the first step in the mead making process, then it heads inside.
The honey is put in the tanks and mixed with ingredients to start the fermentation process.
“We use honey and then adjust the gravity with water and then what we do is we add nutrients and then yeast and then we allow it to ferment in this cool if not cold environment,” said Kluger.
It sits for 30 to 37 days before being bottled, every batch filling 700 to 800 bottles.
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