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GotMead Live features interviews with mead world influencers and lots of discussion about making mead, drinking mead, finding mead and just mead!

GotMead Live features interviews with mead world influencers and lots of discussion about making mead, drinking mead, finding mead and just mead!
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GotMead Live features interviews with mead world influencers and lots of discussion about making mead, drinking mead, finding mead and just mead!






11-13-18 Ryan Carlson – Creating Mead Recipes – Part 2

11-13-18 OK, so recipes are taking longer to do than we had in one show, lol. Last show we went down multiple rabbit holes of mead making ideas from questions from the chat gang, so we're back this week with Recipes, Part 2. We promise to stay on target this week. No, really! Making mead is as simple, or as complicated as you'd like it to be. And recipes are the same. Making mead is like cooking, only liquid. So the flavors you like, the flavors you want, that is your basis for creating the...


11-6-18 Pete Bakulic – All About Mead Competitions

11-6-18 We're tickled to have Pete Bakulic, President of the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition, on with us tonight. 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. Last year, the Mazer Cup International saw over 1100 meads judged. It is the largest mead competition in the world. Entries for the home side of the competition typically fill up several hours for home, and under 2 weeks...


10-30-18 Ryan Carlson – Creating Your Custom Mead Recipe

10-30-18 Episode 123! Dang, they're piling up! We're back from a week off, because Vicky ran off to DisneyWorld last week (and found mead there!!). This week, Ryan is back again, and wants to talk about creating your own mead recipes. Probably the most asked question on the Gotmead Forums and the many mead social media groups is 'do you have a recipe for xxx'. Yeah, we do. But you'll never be able to make the same mead as us, because there are differences in regional honey, fruits, spices,...


10-16-18 Michael Jordan – Making Medical Mead

10-16-28 Tonight we're off to cooler climes in Wyoming, and meeting with Michaell Jordan. Michael Jordan is a hobby mead maker looking to go commercial in the near future. He has been keeping honey bees now for over 20 years. Michael’s family has been making mead not only as a tasty beverage, but for medical usage. Michael blends herbs, and uses honey from all over the world for his medical meads. Michael has now grown into Colorado’s culture of cannabis. Infusing marijuana into honeys,...


10-9-18 Mateusz Blaszczyk – European Mead Makers Association Conference and Competitions

10-9-18 Tonight we're going across the pond, in a recorded episode with Mateusz Blaszczyk, who is putting on the European Mead Makers Association's first Mead Conference, November 8-9 in Poznan, Poland. The group Kings of Mead YouTube channel will also be putting on two mead competitions, the Mead Madness Competition one for home meadmakers and one for professional meaderies. Currently it is expected that 10 or more countries will have meadmakers attending the conference, so they're off to a...


10-2-18 Ryan Carlson – Pairing Yeasts to Meads – Part 2

10-2-18 We're dropping into teaching mode again tonight, and bringing in Ryan to talk mead. He'll be digging into pairing yeasts to your mead recipes, continuing the conversation from last week. Possibly one of the larger questions in mead making is 'what yeast do I use?'. And a big question is is indeed. There are hundreds of yeasts out there, for wine, beer, cider and even a few mead specific yeasts. But which one to choose? That is the question. Ryan is going to try to help you narrow...


9-25-18 Ryan Carlson – Pairing Yeast to Meads

9-25-18 We're dropping into teaching mode tonight, and bringing in Ryan to talk mead. He'll be digging into pairing yeasts to your mead recipes. Possibly one of the larger questions in mead making is 'what yeast do I use?'. And a big question is is indeed. There are hundreds of yeasts out there, for wine, beer, cider and even a few mead specific yeasts. But which one to choose? That is the question. Ryan is going to try to help you narrow this down, so you can make more focused yeast choices...


9-18-18 Scott Neeley – Kingview Mead in Pennsylvania

9-18-18 We're headed up to Pennsylvania tonight, to talk with Scott Neeley, head meadmaker at Kingview Meadery. Scott has been making mead since 2011, and did a lot of work at it, until he began to enter competitions in 2015. He has since picked up a number of medals, and a couple BoS medals. He ended up starting a meadery after visiting a number of meaderies around PA and OH, and as a man of German descent, and a lover of bees, felt it was the right move for him to make. Scott is adamant...


9-11-18 Thomas Hubbe – Bee Seasonal Honey and Tom Repas – honey expert and award winning mead maker

9-11-18 Today we're getting together with Thomas Hubbe, co-owner of Bee Seasonal, a purveyor of Brazilian Honey. Thomas and Larissa founded Bee Seasonal because they love honey. Larissa noticed that in Europe, they routinely stock seasonal honeys from around the world, but in the US, not so much. So she and Thomas set out to rectify this. Their mission is to source organic honeys from beekeepers devoted to their bees, their communities and the land. They want to generate transparency by...


9-4-18 Susan Ruud – On Oaking

9-4-18 We're back after my trip to Australia (yes, we'll talk about the mead there too). And our first guest now that we're back is none other than Susan Ruud, co-founder of Prairie Rose Meadery in Fargo, ND. Susan makes pretty amazing mead, and when last I was there, last summer, I ended up getting nearly every one of her meads, because I just couldn't leave them out. All were excellent. Susan spoke at the AHA Convention this year, and talked in depth on oaking meads. We're going to dig...


8-7-18 Sam Clikeman – Big Lost Meadery

8-7-18 We're skipping over to Wyoming this week to visit with Sam Clikeman, owner of Big Lost Meadery. Sam started making beer back in the early 2000's in Logan, UT with a buddy. In a forest service cabin in the middle of the woods. No running water, very little electric, and not much by way of supplies. That takes dedication! It actually worked out better than you might think it would, and a couple years later, Sam discovered mead. Sam didn’t want to waste a year for a five gallon carboy of...


7-31-18 Kiley Gwynn – Mountain Rose Herbs – BJCP Judge

7-31-18 Mountain Rose Herbs is an online purveyor of the highest quality organically grown herbs and spices, teas, essential oils, & botanical goods. They focus on sustainability and offer one of the most thorough selections of certified organic herbs, spices, and botanical products today. Organics are their first choice regardless of price or profit. They try to stay as close to zero waste as they can, and have a Platinum ranking for Zero Waste Certification. Their herbs are certified...


7-24-18 Justin LeVaughn – Mead Analysis at Ethereal Brewing

7-24-18 Tonight we're talking with Justin LeVaughn, who is the Quality Assurance and Quality Control Officer at Ethereal Brewing in Lexington, KY. Justin does the microbiological and sensory analysis there, and maintains their yeast stocks. Justin started home brewing beer about 10 years ago in college, and combined his formal biology training with the hobby. He fell into the mead world about 4-5 years ago, and was hooked. His main passions are carbonated session meads and metheglins, but he...


7-17-18 Alison Heath – Apothecary Mead, Sherwood Forest

7-17-18 We're baaccckkk!! Tonight we have on the show Alison Heath, owner of Apothecary Mead in Sherwood Forest (yes, that one) in the UK. Alison is the first female commercial meadery owner in the UK, and her meadery is a small artisan business, making cold-fermented mead over time. Her operation is on the historic Welbeck Estate in North Notthinghamshire. Alison is huge into recycling her mead materials, and uses miminal electricity, and is also a beekeeper, so her meadery operation is...


6-19-18 To Brew Lists, Mistakes We’ve Learned From | Fred Minnick – author of Mead: The Libations, Legends and Lore and speaker on Mead Cocktails

6-19-18 Tonight we're up to a couple of things. We're going to do some chat tonight around our to-brew lists, mistakes we've learned from, equipment we didn't know we needed when we got started, and other things. AND, we're happy to welcome Fred Minnick, author and speaker. Fred gave the Mead Cocktails talk at the 2018 AMMA MeadCon. Wall Street Journal-bestselling author Fred Minnick loves his bourbon so much that he’s written three books on the subject: Whiskey Women, Bourbon Curious and...


6-12-18 Raphael Lyon – Enlightenment Wines – Making Natural (Wild) Meads

6-12-18 Tonight we're hanging out with Raphael Lyon, owner of Enlightenment Wines in Brooklyn, NY. Enlightenment Wines started out as a small part time farm winery in 2009 by Raphael Lyon. In 2015 Lyon reached out to Anthony Rock and Arley Marks with the intent to join forces and grow Enlightenment Wines into a full scale production meadery with a tasting room and cocktail bar in Brooklyn New York. Enlightenment is a little different from many meaderies, in that they are heavily focused on...


6-5-18 Ryan’s Rants – Balancing Your Mead

6-5-18 Tonight Ryan is going to tackle one of the tougher aspects of mead making, creating a balanced end result. Meadmaking is really about making a good balance of ingredients. Once we can produce clean mead without any faults, ( and that's pretty easy with a little knowledge) it becomes an art form. Much like being a food master. So we're asking you to call us at 803-443-6323 to ask your questions on air, or join us in our live chat to tell us about your mead so Ryan can help out. There...


5-29-18 Billy Beltz – Lost Cause Meadery – Making Award Winning Meads and Starting an Award Winning Meadery

5-29-18 Tonight we're getting with Billy Beltz, award-winning mead maker. Billy Beltz is the Co-Founder of Lost Cause Meadery located in in San Diego, CA. Billy and his wife Suzanna opened the doors to Lost Cause in November of 2017. After only six months of being open they have already amassed several national awards for their meads including medals at the Mazer Cup International, the San Diego International Beer Competition, and the CA State Fair Wine Competition. Prior to opening the...


5-22-18 Adam Thompson – Machination Meadworks – the path to going pro

5-21-18 We're back! Tonight we're talking with Adam Thompson, owner of Machination Meadworks in Loveland, Colorado. Adam envisioned Machination Mead Works in 2013 and began the long path to starting his own meadery. Now with over a decade of brewing experience and a few dozen medals, including five Mazer Cups, he is ready to share his mead with the world. It has been a long uphill fight but his time in the Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion (Thank you for your service!! - Vicky) taught him to never...


4-24-18 Luke Holcombe-Scott Labs

4-24-18 we are yeast hunting today! Our guest is Luke Holcombe, with Scott Labs. Born and raised in California’s Central Valley, Luke grew up surrounded by wine grapes. This led him to pursue a degree at CalPoly, San Luis Obispo in Wine and Viticulture. Prior to joining Scott Laboratories, Luke was the Assistant Winemaker at McManis Family Vineyards in Ripon, California and Head Winemaker for Post Winery in Altus, Arkansas. He currently resides in Alma, Arkansas with his dog, Mr. Wilson....