Hey so I'm kicking around some ideas for my "thesis" project and thought it'd bring it here for imput. I go to a university that doesn't have "declared majors", or grades for that matter, that allows for self guided research and interdisciplinary course studies. In the latter years we have the opportunity to do pretty much graduate research projects in the pursuit or our passions and our bachelors (I'm going for a Bachelors of Science with a focus now in oenology) with the support of an incredible faculty base. I've decided to do a summer contract with a synthetic chemist faculty member and, of course, I've decided to make it related to mead.

What I'm thinking of doing is researching a bunch of those vitners harvest yeasts that were recently released.

I'm thinking of doing three 5 gallon batches, one a traditional, one a melomel, and one a methelegin, and dividing them each into seperate 1 gallon batches using 5 different yeasts, the same 5 for each of the 3 varietals, to see what characteristics are imparted, what works, what doesn't work, whats good, what's not, etc.

Does anyone have experience in this field of research (yeasts, oenology) and if so is this a good way to go about it? What would you do differently? Any advice on previous research papers or techniques? How and where should I present my findings?

I'll be sure to keep you all updated as this progresses/evolves.