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    8-29-17 Tonight we're talking with Ryan Carlson (known as Squatchy on the Gotmead Forums). Ryan has been making mead for quite a while now. And along the way, he's learned quite a bit as well. And one of the things he's been talking about a lot lately is oaking mead. Oak in mead can add a ton of complexity and depth, and the methods, time and type of oak make a difference. [ 338 more words ]

    http://gotmead.com/blog/gotmead-live...n-oaking-mead/
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    Vicky Rowe
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    Making Mead since 1995

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    Hope you're feeling better Vicky!

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    Great job last night Squatchy! A lot of great information. I guess I'm going to have to finally break down and read your "Wood Management" post! :-)

    I think I got the last question in, which was "where does a relatively new mead maker start", without getting lost in the all the information? Maybe you could repeat it here, for others?

    I look forward to the coming weeks.

    Thanks.

    dave

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    So at the most basic levels. Lower toast are sweeter and will mostly add vanilla, caramel, and perceived sweetness. It will also add some creamy mouthfeel.This is a great place to start.

    American Oak in medium or light will do this nicely. It will also add more nose than the others. If you want to add a lot of complexity and spicey type flavors, go to french, med or med+.

    Hungarian does a lot with the tactile piece, grip, backbone, astringency. Higher level hungarian will add leather, cigar box and pepper notes.

    Hope that helps
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    Great informative show Ryan! I learned a ton and now am headin out to replace my chips with spirals or cubes. :-)

    -Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightWolf View Post
    Great informative show Ryan! I learned a ton and now am headin out to replace my chips with spirals or cubes. :-)

    -Ron
    Hi Ron. I'm glad you enjoyed the show. And I'm also glad to hear that you're taking my advice and getting rid of those crappy chips. I know without a doubt you will enjoy the spirals and cubes a million times over the chips.
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    Hey Ryan! Glad you were able to do that segment, haven't had a chance to listen to it yet but am looking forward to it. Regarding Hungarian oak, have you found a place online that sells Hungarian oak staves? Morewine sells Hungarian cubes (inferior to staves in my opinion) and there are tons of places that sell Hungarian barrels (which I have not started to use yet), but no staves/segments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeidrunsGift View Post
    Hey Ryan! Glad you were able to do that segment, haven't had a chance to listen to it yet but am looking forward to it. Regarding Hungarian oak, have you found a place online that sells Hungarian oak staves? Morewine sells Hungarian cubes (inferior to staves in my opinion) and there are tons of places that sell Hungarian barrels (which I have not started to use yet), but no staves/segments.

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    When I have some time (soon, I hope) I will try to find some. I don't have a source right now
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeidrunsGift View Post
    Hey Ryan! Glad you were able to do that segment, haven't had a chance to listen to it yet but am looking forward to it. Regarding Hungarian oak, have you found a place online that sells Hungarian oak staves? Morewine sells Hungarian cubes (inferior to staves in my opinion) and there are tons of places that sell Hungarian barrels (which I have not started to use yet), but no staves/segments.

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    Here ya go Charlie,, http://www.stavin.com/dosage-rates
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