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ctwtp 01-21-2013 11:21 AM

thoughts on pyment (mead/grape)
I'm attempting another pyment sortly but has any got suggestions on whether a dry/medium/sweet is best?
Would love all input

saramc 01-21-2013 01:00 PM

That is such a personal choice because if you do not like off dry wines/meads you may not enjoy an off dry mead. That being said I find that most fruit based wines/meads, including pyment, are much better when finished in a style other than dry. The sugar, whether it be residual or backsweetened, tends to bring other characteristics forward that you would not typically notice if the product is simply served dry. If you are unsure simply allow the pyment to ferment to dry and bottle some dry/medium/sweet & decide for yourself. Just remember what you end up liking with that pyment can change as you use a different type of grape and/or make a different type of mead. Just my 2 cents worth.

fatbloke 01-21-2013 10:11 PM

The 18 gallons of fresh grape pyment I did last year, which is currently clearing and ageing tastes rather like a heavy red wine with residual sugars/honey notes.

I'm quite pleased with it, but the wine buffs would probably say it's a waste of good grapes (Syrah, Merlot and Tempranillo). I don't think it would taste "right" if it was dry as there'd still be honey notes evident (I suspect) but with no residual sweetness it'd be lacking something.....

Atek 01-22-2013 03:05 AM

I am also very interested in this, taking viticulture classes and all. Various table grape varieties would do well in my opinion in a sweet pyment. Syrah for example as a wine grape ripens pretty early and may do well in a light crush barely sweet pyment. Where I get stuck on this is whether or not to ferment the honey with the grapes at the desired specifications or to ferment a semi/sweet mead and blend with your wine to desired specifications...

ctwtp 01-26-2013 08:07 PM

Thanks people, gave me the pointers i needed. Have decided to go for just a straight medium enough people around here like that so of i don't I've got some ready made gifts!
Must confess though that i hadn't even considered different types of grape, i was just gonna go for a 100% grape juice from my local shop

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