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Having-A-Homebrew 01-19-2009 02:39 AM

Cherry Cyser
Made this a few years ago. It's delightful, still have a bottle or two left.

1) pick and stem enough Morello-type cherries to fill a 5 gal. carboy. Leave pits.
2) Add honey and water to 1.140 to fill.
3) Pitch Wyeast Sweet Mead.

Rack, sulphate, condition, bottle in clear splits.

Makes a beautiful brighter, transparent red beverage with complex flavors, quite strong.

Good way to use up cherries without much labor since the harvest window is short.

DragonTail 01-19-2009 09:43 PM

Not really a Cyser, no cider.
Sounds good though.
Did you "crack" the cherries?

Tusch 01-19-2009 10:06 PM

Melomel is the fruit based mead. That seems like a ton of cherries, do you have any pictures, I would be curious of the color.

gratus fermentatio 01-20-2009 12:41 PM

Have you tried this recipe without the pits? I'm curious to know just what difference(s) in flavour(s) would be. Regards, GF.

Having-A-Homebrew 01-20-2009 05:40 PM

The cherries went in whole after a brief rinse and some picking over to remove stems and any rotten fruit.

As for terminology, I note that there is lack of agreement on exactly what each term means. A Melomel by any other name is still just as nice.

I think the pits are part of the source of the flavor and so it would be counterproductive and labor intensive to remove them.

And yes, it is a lot of cherries. The cherry flavor comes through. I'll try and post some pics.

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