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Old 07-07-2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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Fellow Meadiators,
I love apricots and was wondering if anybody has made an apricot Mead. If so, would it be better to use fresh ones or would processed dried ones work? I imagine there are preservatives in the dried apricots and I wonder if this might impede fermentation. Best of bubbling.

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Old 07-07-2010, 11:35 PM   #2
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for apricots and peaches, people seem to do best with tree ripened fruit. Grocery store fresh is always underripe and wont' develop the full flavor/aroma. ditto for dried and frozen peaches.

now, for blueberries, people like the dried fruit a lot it seems.

There shouldn't be much preservatives in dried apricots...the drying IS the preservative, but check the label to be safe.

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Malkore.
Thanks for your input. The more I think about it I think the fresh apricots will impart much more flavor. Can you recommend a specific yeast that you like to use. I have Red Star Montrachet and Lalvin EC-1118 in my supplies right now, but I have not used them for Mead.

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Malkore may or may not back me up here but... if you want to preserve fruit flavor I personally recommend lavin 71B-1122 (I've used it with 5 different melomels with no issues and a great fruit flavor) or I've heard that d47 works real well if you can keep the temp below 72*F.

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2nd,
Thanks for the tip. Where I live gets very warm so perhaps the 71B is a better choice. Right now I have JAOM and a blackberry-raspberry mead going. The JAOM is looking beautifully clear now after 4 weeks, and still slowly fermenting. The berry blend is just now winding down after 4 weeks and starting to clear. These were both mixed with clover honey.

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Randall,

Clover is a pretty good choice. You might consider trying a varitial some time. Certian honeys compliment fruits better then othes. For example I used Sage Blossom honey when I made a strawberry melomel it was just divine... I get my honey form Miller's in bulk for a great price (right now around $25 a gallon). As far as I know they are in California so you might be able to pick it up directly and save on shipping. Here is the link: www.millershoney.com. I hope this helps.

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I have been considering an apricot mead lately as well but wasn't able to collect enough off my friends trees to make a standalone batch. If I recall correctly, dried apricots are processed with lots of sulfites aren't they? I would suppose that this would be detrimental to fruit fermentation.

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2nd,
I'll check that out. Thanks again. Honey is gold isn't it?

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GTG,
Yeah, it's probably better to go with fresh I am thinking. Thanks for your input. There are so many things to consider when you get these ideas. Best of bubbling to you.

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I have a few pounds of apricots in the freezer. I'll be making a mead with them this summer, when the temperature is a little cooler

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