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  1. Default Nashville Area Mead gathering

    Hi Nashville Wine/Mead makers,

    Was hoping to meet some makers of mead
    from the Nashville Area. I've been making
    Meads for about 1.5 years now and have
    several in the bottle.

    Blueberry Melomel
    Blueberry Sack Cyser
    Orange Melomel
    Peach Melomel

    I also have a Chocolate-Rasberry in bulk aging Due
    to be bottles in the near future. Of the four in bottles
    I'm happy with three and hopeful the 4th will improve.

    In particular I'm interested in having a Mead tasting
    with other makers of wines and especially meads/cysers.
    I'd like feedback on my results as well as tasting
    some results by others. Especially looking for people
    with some experience judging said meads who could
    teach the attendees (me) just a little about the process.

    With the possible exception of an experience competition
    judge, I'm looking for people that will contribute to the
    list of home wines being tasted.

    My rough goal is to host this gathering in late January
    (the 24th maybe), or when the Meadwench hits town
    between now and March 1. Hoping to have a firm date
    by the end of the week.

    John Doerter

  2. Default Winter Mead Gathering January 24th, Nashville TN

    Vicky Rowe can't make it right away so we'll have another one when she can.

    Currently we have firm commitments from 3 meadmakers each bringing 2+ varieties, and probable commitments from 4 others.

    Send me email for more details if you want to participate in this gathering with a mead of your own.

    jdoerter at comcast net

  3. Default After Action Report

    Well the Gathering just broke up, My thanks to the
    attendees from Music City Brewers who helped make
    this such a large success. A very positive evening
    with encouragement for the newer members among
    our group, and the wisdom of experieced meadmakers
    as well.

    Our biggest problem... more mead than we could
    possibly sample in one night and have people drive
    home safely.

    BrewGoddess had delightful cycers and a very nice
    blueberry sample from primary.

    Andy a.k.a. Skippy brought several nice meads including a
    methglyn that was very smoth with cinamon presentation.

    Cyserman brought several cysers, wonderful sparkling perry,
    and even a commercial sample displying a very nice selection
    of flavors, including the effects of barrel aging.

    I offered a few selections of my own, all too young,
    but they were not without merit in the group... never
    thought I'd have a mead described as beef in wine sauce :-).
    Also of intrest was the mead from primarry people
    thought tasted of apricots and citrus, but they couldn't
    name the main flavor as maple till they heard what it was.
    Nicely subdued but definately recognizable once named,
    only 24 days old i think my maple was the best of mine
    that was tasted tonight. Keeping fingers crossed on the
    finishing of that one.

    The fact that for every mead samples tonigh another
    was sent home without sampling, suggests we can
    do this again soon. (though the samples might be
    smaller next time).

    The gathering ended with rough plans to do this
    again in the fall, and perhaps to take our meads to
    the Tn Ren Faire this May.

    I as host inherrited several partial bottles of very fine
    mead and must stagger off now.

    John Doerter

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