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Old 04-27-2009, 11:46 AM   #11
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I'm guessing you used white mulberries? They are pretty much just sugar and water. The red and black varieties have significant acid and lots of flavor.
I'm pretty sure I used the black variety - at least the color of my hands for the next two days looked pretty black! I may have not used enough of the berries but whatever the reason, I was disappointed in the mead.
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:30 PM   #12
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Hmm...I've quit boosting my Apfelwein with sugar, it tastes much better to me this way...and I'm intending to minimize boosting SG's in the future.

I've come to view any recipe, even Jack Keller's, that call for adding water and sugar, as merely glorified 'hooch'.

I intend to become a slave to my hydrometer. Only when a full primary of pure, fresh squeezed fruit juice, fails to measure at least 1.050, will I consider boosting with a sweetener. And then, use only frozen white grape concentrate.

At least that's my "A" Plan. If this disappoints me then I'll cross the bridge to a "B" Plan later.

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Old 04-27-2009, 11:29 PM   #13
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If you have any advice for my Mulberry Port idea, I'm all ears. I've got plenty of time before it gets started. I only have 14 ounces of Mulberries collected so far.

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Old 04-28-2009, 12:21 AM   #14
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You're probably doing it anyway but you'll want to freeze the fruit first. It help break it down for fermentation.

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Old 04-28-2009, 02:06 AM   #15
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You're probably doing it anyway but you'll want to freeze the fruit first. It help break it down for fermentation.
Absolutely. At the going rate of 7 ounces per day, it would rot before I could get started.
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Getting ready to do the same. I've found at least three people with trees that aren't interested in harvesting this year.

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I hope my tree has a good crop this year. Probably won't be enough to make any wine but plenty to snack on anyway.

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I'm pretty sure I used the black variety - at least the color of my hands for the next two days looked pretty black! I may have not used enough of the berries but whatever the reason, I was disappointed in the mead.
There seem to be different varieties of the black ones. Quite a few trees are planted in my area, and one of them shines out from the rest, bearing really flavourful, tart-sweet fruits, wheras many of the other black mulberries can be fairly insipid.
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