8-25-20 Tonight on Gotmead Live at 9PM ET, it’s time for part two – making those pyments! Last week Pete talked about winemaking skills for meadmakers, as there are so many techniques and skills that cross into meadmaking. Even more so when working with grapes. So this week, he’s going to dive into how to make great pyments. Pyments can be interesting, since there are so many varieties of grapes, with a fairly wide flavor profile and sugar levels. Creating an excellent pyment takes choosing the right grapes or juice, the right honey and the right yeast. Lots of choices! So Pete will be talking about how to decide what your pyment needs to have to get what you want.
Pete was the first person on GotMead, wayyyy back in the early days (last century!), to talk about oaking mead during and after fermentation, also to talk about fermentation tannins, filtering (Enolmatic), lees exposure, blending different honeys in mead, combining dark honey and light honey for different characters and flavors in mead, and using a lees stirrer to blend your honey completely into the must. He broke a lot of ground on the forums, and helped countless mead makers to learn to make better mead. And he’s a multiple award winning mead maker, including the first meadmaker to win Best of Show at the California State Fair Homebrew competition with an oaked sweet traditional Orange Blossom Mead in 2006.
Pete has been making mead for over 30 years, and is also a trained winemaker, with education from U.C. Davis, and a family tradition of winemaking that goes back generations. I guess you could say he has some experience!
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Show links and notes
- Winebusiness for finding grapes and juice
- Finding good low cost wines – WineX – check 10 under 10
- Let There Be Melomels by Rob Ratliff
- The Big Book of Mead Recipes by Rob Ratliff
- Take part in Kevin Meintsma’s Hydromel Study – email email@example.com and he’ll send you questions
- National Honey Board Mead Crafter Compeitition
- Aug 26 – White Labs – A Look at the Nutrient Needs of Mead
- Sept 17-19 – Valkyries Horn Mead Competiton – registration until Aug 22.
The one and only KEN SCHRAMM will judge the GOLD medal winners from the Valkyries Horn Mead Competition to determine the Best Of Show!He’s consented to do a virtual tour of his meadery, film his commentary for the top 5 meads, provide a Q&A session after the awards ceremony, AND do a virtual tasting walkthrough of his Raspberry mead (you might want to order one to follow along)!Join them at 7pm on Saturday September 19th for the awards ceremony to see the BOS mead revealed by Ken.Submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and see if Ken will answer your questions.
- September 26-October 1 – Mazer Cup International Competition
- October 1 – Valhalla – The Meading of Life Mead Competition – deadline for entries is 9-19, judging starts 10-1
- You can buy mead online at https://shopmeads.com
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