11-21-17 We will have a mead celebrity on with this tonight! Peter Bakulic will be coming on the show to talk mead with us.
Pete was introduced to winemaking at an early age as part of his family’s Croatian roots in winemaking. He traveled to Lodi, California to visit family friends who were Zinfandel winegrowers and became familiar with the winemaking process.
He became interested in making mead in the late seventies about the same time he was learning about brewing. After his first taste of mead Pete was hooked and took to mead making with a passion. Having majored in microbiology and minored in chemistry he was always interested in the role of yeast during fermentation and how it affects the mead, wine and beer making process, and also worked as a clinical laboratory technologist.
Pete is an active judge in local mead, wine and beer competitions and has been on several different sensory panels responsible for recommending wine and spirits for corporate and private collections in downtown Los Angeles. He presents meadmaking classes to local Home Brew Clubs and Bee Keepers who are interested in learning about the process of making mead, and how to evaluate and taste mead.
Pete performs sensory evaluation of commercially produced mead on a contract basis for meaderies around the world. In several cases his recommendations have lead to improvements that have garnered medals in various international mead competitions. He is the current President of the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition which is the lar
gest mead only competition in the world. Pete also founded the Home Meadmaker competition at the International Mead Festival in 2006 along with David Myers and Julia Herz of Redstone Meadery. He has worked closely as an administrative partner with Vicky Rowe on GotMead.Com since 2004, where he is known as Oskaar.
Pete worked with Ken Schramm, Gordon Strong, Julia Herz and other members of the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) to define the guidelines for the current Mead Judge Certification Program and contributed articles for inclusion in the course study guide. He is also a regular presenter in the Mead Courses offered by the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute on the U.C. Davis Campus. Pete lives in Orange County, Southern California with his oft sober hunting partner a German Shorthair named Raalphe.
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Show links and notes
- Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation by Chris White
- UC Davis Honey Flavor Wheel
- Journal of Enolgy and Viticulture
- How to Brew – John Palmer
- The Flavor Bible
- Let There Be Melomels (on sale)
- The Big Book of Mead Recipes by Rob Ratliff
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- November 22 – Brothers Drake Meadery – Jazz Wednesday w/ Alex Burgoyne and Friends
- November 30 Western Reserve Meadery – Chocolate Truffle Making with the Nom
- December 8 – 810 Meadworks – Christmas Pajama Party
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