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GotMead Live features interviews with mead world influencers and makers and discussion about making mead, drinking mead, finding mead and what is going on in the mead world!

    2-23-21 Dustin Deisher and Jeff Anderson – Bench Trials & Adjustments

    2-23-21 Dustin Deisher and Jeff Anderson – Bench Trials & Adjustments

    Tonight at 9PM ET, we'll be talking with Dustin Deisher and Jeff Anderson, award winning home meadmakers. The topic at hand is bench trials.



    In making mead, we do our fermentation, feed our yeast, and do our racking and stabilization. But once that's all done, the mead needs to be finished. And as anyone with more than a couple batches under their belt can tell you, yeast don't read the alcohol range info on the packets, and fermentations often end where you want to make adjustments after it finishes. It may need more acid, or tannins, or need sweetness or flavors from fruits, spices or a honey varietal adjusted to get to the final result you want. And that is where bench trials come in.



    Figuring out what needs to be added or adjusted to get that final mead flavor profile is a process, and we're going to dig into that tonight.



    Dustin Deisher started brewing with his former band mate and best friend Jeremy Goehring in 2013 after binging on Skyrim. After getting some equipment and some pointers from the local homebrew shop they were on their way to conjure up some liquid gold! In 2014 they met other fellow mead makers when they joined the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club. After their first medal at a major competition (2nd with a wildflower traditional at the 2014 Mead Free Or Die) they were hooked. They spent many years competing with standard strength meads. It wasn’t until the last couple of years they really started pursuing session meads. After applying some techniques used in brewing beer they could add new elements such as carbonation to their arsenal! Dustin started using different beer yeasts and post fermentation additions to produce balanced and sparkling melomels. This eventually led them to the Mazer Cup where they were able to put their hydromels to the real test. They had the pleasure to do a scale up of one of their 2019 M3A Mazer Cup winners at Boiler Brewing Co. Along with competing, Dustin became a Certified Beer and Mead BJCP Judge. Becoming a judge has helped him develop a better palate for varietal honeys. When they used these in their hydromel batches it took everything to a whole new level. Last year they saw the fruits of their labor when they placed 2nd BOS under Ken Schramm at The Valkyries Horn. Dustin's next step in his mead making career is to bring sparkling hydromels to his local craft brew industry.

    Jeff Anderson been homebrewing for 8 years. His main love is brewing traditional German styles of beer but after Curt Stock visited his brew club for their annual Sower's Cup competition several years ago, Jeff fell in love with the idea of making fast turn around hydromel strength meads and specifically fruit and berry meads. Most of his inspiration is pulled from his culinary experience and he really just loves to experiment with different flavor combinations.



    Currently, he is also a BJCP certified beer and mead judge. Before covid, Jeff was on track to round out the trifecta with a cider cert as well until NHC was cancelled. He really loves education in homebrewing and makes it a goal to continually add new techniques to his brewing toolbox.

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    • 3 hr 4 min
    2-2-21 Tom Repas – Mead in Secondary, Stabilizing, Backsweetening, Clarification, Adjuncts

    2-2-21 Tom Repas – Mead in Secondary, Stabilizing, Backsweetening, Clarification, Adjuncts

    2-2-21 Tonight at 9PM ET we'll be talking with Tom Repas. Tom has been on the show before, and we're having him back, as he's an absolute fountain of information!



    We're going to talk with Tom about mead, specifically mead in secondary. There is a lot that happens in secondary, like stabilization, clarification, backsweetening, adjuncts and adjustments. So we're



    Tom is a Master Beekeeper and owner of Canyon Rim Honey Bees, providing bees and honey in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Tom speaks on beekeeping all over the country, and has presented several times at the AMMA MeadCon on both beekeeping and meadmaking. Tom has won a large number of awards for his mead as well.



    Tom is a 4th generation beekeeper, and has been working with bees since he was a kid. He kept bees and sold the honey for extra money in high school. He went into professional beekeeping while he was still active as a medical doctor, and has developed a cross for bees that are gentle, overwinter well, and are mite resistant.



    On the mead side of things, Tom is a very talented mead maker who consistently wins medals with his meads, and has a skill for thinking outside the box for flavor profiles. His mushroom mead was the talk of the mead community for some time when he brought it out to taste. I got to try it, I was stunned at how good it was. Of course, Tom uses his own honey, as well as honeys from other providers and areas, and they're all good! Tom says his meads are 'ok'. We think they're better than that, lol.



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    If you want to ask your mead making questions, you can call us at 803-443-MEAD (6323) or send us a question via email, or via Twitter @GotmeadNow and we'll tackle it online! 9PM EDT/6PM PDT Join us on live chat during the show Bring your questions and your mead, and let's talk mead! You can call us at 803-443-MEAD (6323), or Skype us at meadwench (please friend me first and say you're a listener, I get tons of Skype spam), or tweet to @gotmeadnow.







    Upcoming Shows



    * Feb 2 - Clint Walker, Walker Honey Farms - Beekeeper and Meadmaking, and guest host Tom Repas



    Show links and notes



    * Top, Middle and Base Notes: A Comprehensive List

    * The Herbal Medicine Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual - James Green and Ajana

    * Food Pairing website

    * The Flavor Bible

    * The Flavor Matrix - the Art and Science of Pairing Common Ingredients to Create Extrordin...

    • 2 hr 14 min
    1-19-21 Margot Phelps and the Maidmakers – Ancient Fire Mead

    1-19-21 Margot Phelps and the Maidmakers – Ancient Fire Mead

    1-19-21 Tonight at 9PM EST we're getting together with Margot Phelps and the Maidmakers at Ancient Fire Cider and Mead in Manchester, NH.



    The Maidmakers series began in Early 2020  and was the idea of the AF team which, with the exception of Jason, is made up entirely of strong, passionate and smart women. The idea was to get their team more involved in the process of making the products that they were serving in the taproom. The AF women came to work, and stayed to learn meadmaking and got involved in the process at the meadery.



    The first release was "SHE-nanigans"  a key lime pie inspired draft mead which debuted on Valentine's weekend. The release weekend turned into one of the busiest weekends in AF history and the women of AF were thrilled to be serving their product to happy customers SHE-nanigans has been produced a second time since its release and remains a customer favorite. In 2020 there were two additional MaidMakers releases: "Colada Love" a pineapple and toasted coconut draft mead and "Gingy's Juice" a gingerbread inspired draft mead with cinnamon, allspice, ginger and avocado and buckwheat honey.  The next release will be in Q1 of 2021 "Am I Right" will be an amaretto inspired draft mead featuring hints of cherry and vanilla.

    Ancient Fire Mead & Cider was founded in 2018 by Margot and Jason Phelps.The Phelps opened Ancient Fire after homebrewing Mead, Wine and beer for over 15 years. Ancient Fire produces Draft Style mead, Honey Wines and Ciders. Their products are available in the taproom, by the glass, pint and flight. Draft product is available to go in growers or bottles. Standard honey wines are available by the bottle. Ancient Fire is dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment in their taproom and we do significant work in their community to give back. Working with their team and AF family we have donated to The American Cancer Society, The NH Food Bank and other organizations. They are proud that during the challenging times of 2020 their charitable giving increased due to the generosity of their AF community.



    Join us with the ladies this evening to chat about making mead, and their journeys as they learned about it.





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    Upcoming Shows



    * Feb 2 - Tom Repas - Beyond Secondary - Stabilization,

    • 2 hr 13 min
    1-5-21 Evan Himes – Dutch Gold Honey

    1-5-21 Evan Himes – Dutch Gold Honey

    1-5-21 We survived 2020! Here's to hoping 2021 will see the world getting back to normal. We're starting this year with what else, honey! We have Evan Himes, who is with Dutch Gold Honey in Lancaster, PA.



    We'll be talking about things like COVID impacts on the honey market in 2020 vs 2021,  the evolution of commercial beekeeping – Honey Labeling at retail, honey adulteration and testing, and things like local sourcing, honey crystallization and anything else we come across with questions from listeners and that we come up with as we talk with Evan.



    Evan is a member of the Sales & Marketing Team at family-owned honey packer, Dutch Gold Honey, Inc. With a focus on ingredient sales, he uses his exposure to the wholesale honey market and his prior life experience with handling bulk ingredients in a startup wholesale bakery operation to support honey (and maple syrup) customers of all sizes.



    Evan prepares and delivers tailored technical presentations to mixed groups of marketing, purchasing, operations, quality assurance, and R&D food industry professionals using his degree and first career as a high school mathematics teacher. A man of multiple hats, he also manages marketing project for Dutch Gold.



    In his free time, Evan serves in the Army National Guard, remains dedicated to health and fitness, and is dedicated to health and fitness. He enjoys living in Columbia, PA and spending time with his wife Sarah.



    Come hear Evan talk honey, and we'll have tons of questions for him!



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    Upcoming Shows



    * January 19 - Margot Phelps and the lady meadmakers at Ancient Fire Meadery



    Show links and notes



    * Top, Middle and Base Notes: A Comprehensive List

    * The Herbal Medicine Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual - James Green and Ajana

    * Food Pairing website

    * The Flavor Bible

    * The Flavor Matrix - the Art and Science of Pairing Common Ingredients to Create Extrordinary Dishes

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    • 1 hr 52 min
    12-1-20 Michelle Scandalis and Jeremy Kyncl, Hierophant Meadery – Metheglins, Part 2

    12-1-20 Michelle Scandalis and Jeremy Kyncl, Hierophant Meadery – Metheglins, Part 2

    12-1-20 Tonight at 9PM ET on GotMead Live, our last show of 2020, the dumpster fire of a year, we are happy to have Michelle Scandalis and Jeremy Kyncl, owners of Hierophant Meadery in Washington, with two locations on the Green Bluff loop in Mead, and a tasting room on Whidbey Island.



    Jeremy and his wife Michelle have a background in herbs and are focused on local-sourcing their mead ingredients and creating a uniquely local product. They love the 'back-to-nature' aspects of mead making, and all the nuances that plants can add to the mix at various stages of growth.



    Jeremy is a trained herbalist and behind the deliberately crafted lineup of off-dry meads, and uses responsible sourcing practices and regional honey (often from fellow producers who work along the lush Green Bluff farming loop), both playing fundamental roles. Originally from Colorado, Jeremy Kyncl began homebrewing in college. He was making mead, gruit and beer – including saisons, doppelbocks and wormwood-infused ales – when he met his wife, a Central Valley High School graduate who had grown up in Liberty Lake, in 2008. They were both working on bachelor of science degrees in herbal science at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, where they began to dream of starting a meadery.



    Michelle Scandalis is an Herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner & Meadmaker specializing in ancient herbal preparations and blending techniques. She holds a degree in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University, where she met Jeremy. Her favorite meads to make are complex metheglin styles. She considers the act of making them, "Guerrilla Herbalism," and hopes to bring appreciate of plants back to the human palate.



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    If you want to ask your mead making questions, you can call us at 803-443-MEAD (6323) or send us a question via email, or via Twitter @GotmeadNow and we'll tackle it online! 9PM EDT/6PM PDT Join us on live chat during the show Bring your questions and your mead, and let's talk mead! You can call us at 803-443-MEAD (6323), or Skype us at meadwench (please friend me first and say you're a listener, I get tons of Skype spam), or tweet to @gotmeadnow.







    Upcoming Shows



    * We'll be back January 5. Happy Holidays!!



    Show links and notes



    * Top, Middle and Base Notes: A Comprehensive List

    * The Herbal Medicine Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual - James Green and Ajana

    * Food Pairing website

    * The Flavor Bible

    • 2 hr 29 min
    11-24-20 Sam Slaughter – the Mead Journey, Mead Cocktails and What He’s Discovered

    11-24-20 Sam Slaughter – the Mead Journey, Mead Cocktails and What He’s Discovered

    11-24-20 Tonight at 9PM ET on GotMead Live, we'll be talking with Sam Slaughter, a food and drink writer who has also written books on cocktails, and is a ten year home meadmaker.



    Sam is a freelance food and drink writer from Greenville, SC. He is the author of the ‘90s-themed cocktail book "Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum: and Other Cocktails For ‘90s Kids" and his works has appeared in Maxim, The Bitter Southerner, Bloomberg, and more. He can he found online @slaughterwrites.



    Sam is also working on a second cocktail book, and plans to include mead in cocktails in it. We'll be giving him some ideas about that!



    He got his start in mead interning at Hidden Legend Meadery in Victor, Montana and has been home brewing mead for a decade. Sam will be regaling us with what he's learned in making mead for the last 10 years.



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    This player will show the most recent show, and when we're live, will play the live feed. If you are calling in, please turn off the player sound, so we don't get feedback.[break] [break]Click here to see a playable list of all our episodes!







    If you want to ask your mead making questions, you can call us at 803-443-MEAD (6323) or send us a question via email, or via Twitter @GotmeadNow and we'll tackle it online! 9PM EDT/6PM PDT Join us on live chat during the show Bring your questions and your mead, and let's talk mead! You can call us at 803-443-MEAD (6323), or Skype us at meadwench (please friend me first and say you're a listener, I get tons of Skype spam), or tweet to @gotmeadnow.







    Upcoming Shows



    * December 1 - Metheglins Part 2 - Michelle Scandalis and Jeremy Kyncl

    * We'll be back January 5. Happy Holidays!!



    Show links and notes



    * Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum: and Other Cocktails For ‘90s Kids by Sam Slaughter

    * Food Pairing website

    * The Flavor Bible

    * The Flavor Matrix - the Art and Science of Pairing Common Ingredients to Create Extrordinary Dishes

    * On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

    * Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Unlock'd - Historical mead recipes

    * Wellcome Mead by Laura Angotti

    * 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 hydromel@wtibiz.com and he'll send you questions



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BurningLeaves ,

Great info

Great podcast. I just wish they created a second podcast more focused on technical information with a bit less gabbing.
Also, some of us cannot afford to go to the conferences, the "teasers" to the information that will be provided in talks at the conferences do more to irritate then anything. Please include how the "rest of us" can aquire the information that you will not disclose on the podcast.

Rohloffj ,

Anything technical?

This would be a TON better if there was done decent discussion about recipe building and technique. If it wasn't for the solid guests, this would be unbearable to listen to. The non-stop laughter, the cell phones that keep dinging, the long awkward pauses.... Time to train on Interviewing 101. I thought a two hour podcast with Ken Schramm would be more than 1:45 talking about apple tree varieties.

Prawn Solo ,

Educational Mead Debauchery for your Ears

Without a doubt the podcasters and interviewees are the most knowledgeable and entertaining Mazers in the Mead Making (and drinking😉) space. With over 50 years combined experience in making, judging and helping the Mead the niche grow, every episode is a delight to my ears.

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