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2-20-18 We’re continuing our speaker showcase for the AMMA Conference with Carolyn Peepall.

Carolyn is originally from South Africa, and has been a beekeeper since 2007. She started the Bee Town Bee Club in Bloomington, Indiana in 2014, with a focus on sustainable beekeeping within the Bloomington area. The Bee Town Bee Club is a growing group of bee minded folks who are striving to raise Indiana hardy bees.

She started making mead back in 2009 but it was pretty dreadful. Once she buckled down and focused on the science behind it her meads improved markedly. Once she learned importance of temperature control and started using Staggered Nutrient Addition (SNA) protocols, her meads started to place in competitions.

Carolyn is also a BJCP Certified Mead Judge and focuses on making creative meads that push the envelope. She was awarded the AMMA 2017 Grant to make meads using bacteria free, lactic acid souring yeasts which can be tasted in the AMMA Sour Mead Project session at the AMMA Conference.

Carolyn will be presenting her sour mead experiment that she did after winning the AMMA Grant, and will provide attendees the opportunity to taste, and provide feedback on, traditional meads made with 13 different bacteria free, lactic acid producing, sour yeast strains.

These 13 meads are products of the 2017 AMMA Grant and this session will provide vital feedback to complete the Sour Mead Project. A short presentation will be done at the beginning of the session explain the background and details of the AMMA Sour Mead project. The objective of this session is to allow attendees, as much time as possible to taste and document their feedback. Tasting sheets, as well as information on each mead, will be provided.

Our second guest tonight is Theresa Dorr, with Vinoshipper which is currently carrying over a 100 meaderies! Theresa will be speaking on Mead Clubs at the AMMA Conference. She will be talking about Best Practices for building and growing profitable mead clubs which are easily managed and generate recurring revenue to help you grow your business. With 18+ years in our industry I will highlight the best practices for designing your club program, unique benefits that don’t cut into your profits, and considerations for managing your club releases

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Vicky Rowe has been active as a promoter and supporter of the mead industry since the mid-90's with, and is totally serious about seeing the mead industry take its rightful place as a popular craft beverage on the world recreational drinking stage.

She is also an experienced marketing coach and consultant who has recently decided to focus her marketing expertise exclusively on the craft beverage market to help meaderies, cideries, breweries and distilleries expand their business and get more customers while doing what they love.
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