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Old 12-30-2011, 06:19 AM   #1
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Default Blueberry mead

Was only able to get frozen blueberries over here in Alaska I'll be able to get fresh ones once the spring and summer comes around

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Old 12-30-2011, 07:25 AM   #2
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I imagine it would be fine, just give them a wash and maybe blend them up a bit.

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Old 12-30-2011, 07:37 PM   #3
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Someone said don't blend them cause u will crack the seeds and that will give it a bitter taste

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Old 12-30-2011, 07:43 PM   #4
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I actually read that, too. Maybe just let them thaw a little bit then mash them up?


I'd venture to guess they should work fine, but might not taste the same as fresh. Not worse, just different. But I don't know much about blueberries, anyway, so yeah...

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Old 12-30-2011, 07:52 PM   #5
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I pureed my blackberries in a melomel recently with no noticeable affect on taste. Maybe I was lucky. Crushing them shouldn't be bad though, one would think, because then your not splitting the seeds. I could be entirely wrong though.

I do know that if you blend/crush them, they will settle out faster. I learned that this week.

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Old 12-30-2011, 08:08 PM   #6
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I've been told you want to freeze your fresh berries to help break down cell walls to allow for better fermentation. So frozen blueberries should be fine.

I personally wouldn't blend them due to the fact that they are easier to rack off of if they are whole. (but I'm still a bit of a n00b myself)

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Oh, and I've already made a blueberry mead using frozen blueberries. It turned out great!

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I've been told you want to freeze your fresh berries to help break down cell walls to allow for better fermentation. So frozen blueberries should be fine.

I personally wouldn't blend them due to the fact that they are easier to rack off of if they are whole. (but I'm still a bit of a n00b myself)
I was just figuring I'd learn by trial and error. I did the freezing and thawing bit too. I figured by blending the fruit there would be more reactive surface area.

Had a Chem class a few years ago, increasing reactive surface area decreases reaction time. I guess I should have thought about the bitterness of seeds. Oh well, I find out eventually what the result is! Either way, I am a 'stubborn old goat' as SWMBO claims, so I'll drink every bitter swallow!

Never thought about the racking off the fruit bit. It should be interesting, maybe have to rack a few more times to clear. Good call on that.

metalpysko - I would probably not blend them - if I had the choice to do it over again.
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Well I made it and I was wondering all my honey did not disprove is that an issue????

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Old 12-31-2011, 07:16 AM   #10
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Well I made it and I was wondering all my honey did not dissolve is that an issue????

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