View Full Version : It's a-mazing

08-31-2004, 03:47 PM
I've decided I'm no longer going to refer to the process of making mead by any other term than the correct "mazing". This may seem somewhat pretentious coming from somebody who hasn't mazed his first real batch yet, but I feel pretentious today, or is that pretty? ;D

09-01-2004, 06:35 AM
Have you been watching West Side Story or Anger Management lately?

09-01-2004, 01:52 PM

09-02-2004, 05:47 AM
Busted! lol

09-03-2004, 07:07 AM
I always call it brewing, just because when I started in this crazy hobby it was with wine. My friend's dad would come over and ask "What are you brewing up now?" We had a big wine crushing barrel that we used to stomp grapes, I wish I still had that!

What's funny is that the area of San Pedro, CA where we did this, there were a lot of Croatian and Italian immigrants who all made wine at the same time. That portion of San Pedro is still affectionately known as "vinegar hill" because of the way it smelled after the clean up of the barrels and the residual smell of the spent grapeskins and goop from the barrels. Also because any excess juice was used to make vinegar.

I lectured a group of Masters Candidates at USC last Friday about the San Pedro area, the Croatian population, and it's sociology within the San Pedro area. Winemaking is an important part of the tradition that is still practiced, but in a much diminished capacity from where it was in the 30's, 40's and 50's. The I told them that I still brewed at my home and they were all wide-eyed and like "ooh . . . aaaaah" It was cool!


09-03-2004, 02:34 PM
I promise, I won't think less of those who still call it brewing ;) I was just informing everyone of the decision I made, because I know y'all base your entire lives around my activities ;D ;D

In case anybody didn't get it, that was a joke.

09-03-2004, 02:51 PM
There are areas in North Dakota and Minnasota that are made up of scandinavian immigrants. My family is from North Dakota. I took a couple trips up there and there are whole towns purily made up of Norwegian-Americans. Everyone makes Lefse there...

Last time I went to a town centineal there they had a parade that was purily viking focused. Wikd would have loved it. ;)

09-03-2004, 03:04 PM
Now I know where I'm building my summer home.

10-14-2004, 02:21 PM
I have heard this term used several times... but have been unable to locate historical sources for suggesting it was used this way. anyone have a link?

CLossesest i have come is riddling, for getting yeast out of a carbonated bottle... i.e. champagne.

10-14-2004, 02:45 PM

I must be way off: