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Old 01-23-2009, 07:10 PM   #1
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Ok...
This is where the idea comes from:
Ash berry in cognac ( i think i spelled it right)
It is really good. So I'm thinking why not mead.
I'm thinking wildflower honey, ash berries and D47
Not sure on proportions yet.

What do you think? Also where would i get Ash berries in large enough quantity to brew with. or Ash berry preserves?
Ideas?

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Old 02-05-2009, 06:40 AM   #2
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so they actually called rowan berries and are available online in bulk... really looking forward to this experiment

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Old 02-05-2009, 06:24 PM   #3
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You might consider adding the berries to secondary, you'll get more fresh fruit flavour that way. Adding the berries to primary is certainly fine, but the primary fermentation will alter the fruit's flavour. I've done both (with plums) to add depth to the end product with good results. Now I need to do a search for "rowan berries." Thanks for the tip on Ash berries being called rowan berries, I've never used them, but I'd like to. Regards, GF.

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Old 02-05-2009, 07:07 PM   #4
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actually there is a thread on here discussing rowan berries:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/rosehip-mountain-ash-rowan-berry-wine-12835/
also from what I've read rowan berries give it a tang/tart flavor, whihc could go very nicely with honey. there are a few wine recipes floating out there.
Also the only source of berries i found so far is Ebay. Let me know if you find anything else.

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Old 02-05-2009, 07:39 PM   #5
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Zonchar: Apparently the Rowan & Mountain Ash are not the same; just found this on wikipedia:

One particularly confusing name for rowans, used primarily in North America, is "mountain ash", which falsely implies that it is a species of ash (Fraxinus).[4] The name arises from the superficial similarity in leaf shape of the two trees; in fact, the rowan does not belong to the ash family, but is closely related to the apples and hawthorns in the rose family.

The good news is: you can make wine from both!

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Old 02-05-2009, 08:12 PM   #6
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Has anyone tried rosehips as a honey flavorant? I have quite a few largish rose bushes that produce a substantial crop of grape to tangerine sized hips every year. I might consider harvesting them next year for something.

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Old 02-06-2009, 06:08 AM   #7
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I have had rosehip mead. it was on the dry side but very nice and complex in flavor. i don't know the recipe though.

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Old 02-16-2009, 09:08 PM   #8
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So I'm ordering them from england ordering 2 kg of dried stuff. What do you think they would pair with nicely?
I was thinking maybe cranberries? I don't want this to be a simple melomel, want to make it a bit more complex.

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Old 04-29-2009, 02:36 AM   #9
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It has been brewed!
13lbs of OB honey
4.39 lbs (2kg) of rowan berries
3 bags of tea
3 lemons
D47
in 5 G of water
all now majorly bubbling in a 6.5 gallon carboy!
The must tasted kinda tart and smokey, my significant other compared it to hickory but i'm not sure what hickory tastes like to i can't tell. it was good

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Hey, how did it turn out ?

Why use the tea and the lemons?

what was the final gravity or is it a sweet/dry mead ?

Thank you

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