Tonight we’re thrilled to be talking with Steve Piatz, author of the top-selling mead book, “The Complete Guide to Making Mead“.
The first meads Steve made were when he was training with his brewclub to become a BJCP judge, back in the 90’s. They weren’t the best meads, but they worked at it. Then he attended a session taught by Ken Schramm and Dan McConnell, and he found what good mead tasted like. Then Ken wrote “The Compleat Meadmaker“, and then the discussions of staggered nutrients and fruit in primary and other interesting developments began to happen. His mead got really good.
Fast forward to 2013, and Steve had served on several mead panels, and after doing a write up, he was approached by a publisher to write his book.
Steve is currently a grand master BJCP VIII judge, right behind Gordon Strong. He is part of the exam grading process, and an exam director. And he generated nearly all the questions for the BJCP Mead exam.
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Show links and notes
- Vanilla Beans – Beanilla
- Entries are open for competition at the Eltham and District Wine Guild
- Oak and Mead – Petar Bakulic
- Titrets sulfite testing kit
- The Big Book of Mead Recipes by Rob Ratliff
- The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby’s Closet Unlock’d – mead recipes from the 1600’s (among other things)
- St. Ambrose Cellars – Live music every Friday night – Thirsty Thursday (35% off Refills) – Open Mic Nights on Thursdays (6PM)
- Meridian Hive Meadery – last Friday of every month – Board Game Mead Up at the Tasting Room
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- 10-26-21 Yancy Bodenstein, Manisha Eigner and Jacob Latour – Clear Skies Meadery – home mead going pro - October 26, 2021