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
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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 was one of the founders of the Mazer Cup International and has been actively involved with the growth and expansion of the competition ever since. It is the largest mead competition in the world. Entries for the home side of the competition typically fill up in several hours for home, and under 2 weeks for commercial, it's that popular.
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