10-8-19 We’re talking tonight with Adam Crockett, owner of Haymaker Meadery. Before starting Haymaker in 2015, Adam worked in the barrel industry for 4 years selling barrels to breweries, wineries, and meaderies all over the US and Canada.

He has worked with large breweries like Allagash and Jolly Pumpkin and small local breweries in every corner. He has worked directly with distilleries and wineries to provide the best barrels available. He has helped many breweries build up their barrel program and has helped a number of breweries win GABF medals because of his barrel knowledge.

He hopes to share his knowledge that he has collected and help meaderies and meadmakers take the step into barrel aging meads. Haymaker does a number of barrel aged meads.
In this talk we will cover barrel aging mead, he will talk about barrels, oak alternatives, preparing barrels for homebrewers and what to expect from certain barrels.
Adam has also been working with ‘Pét Nat’ meadmaking. ‘Pét Nat’ is short for Pétillant Naturel. Pét-Nat is produced in the méthode ancestral, otherwise known as “rurale,” “artisanale,” or “gaillacoise.” Long story short, the wine is bottled prior to fully completing its first fermentation, allowing carbon dioxide to be produced by the natural sugars found in the grapes. The méthode ancestrale was originally used in Limoux in the south of France in the early 16th century by winemaking monks. This production method is contrary to the méthode champenoise, the way in which Champagne is produced, where the base wine is fully fermented, then undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle with the addition of yeast and sugar (otherwise known as liqueur de tirage.) Unlike Champagne, Pét-Nat is not disgorged, and may or may not be filtered on  completion of fermentation.
Adam will be telling us about his efforts with Pét Nat, and how it’s working for mead.

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