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Old 06-11-2009, 10:57 PM   #1
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Anyone have good experience with Cherry Meads? I know the more tart the more flavor you will get out of them.

My daughters boyfriend sales cherries in California, and is coming back to Idaho with a bunch of left overs. He is going to give me a large box of them.

I'm going to assume they are sweet. Anywho

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please help me forum-ulate one up

Looking to make it medium and sparkling

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Old 06-11-2009, 11:06 PM   #2
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Anyone have good experience with Cherry Meads? I know the more tart the more flavor you will get out of them.

My daughters boyfriend sales cherries in California, and is coming back to Idaho with a bunch of left overs. He is going to give me a large box of them.

I'm going to assume they are sweet. Anywho

Request for Recipe

please help me forum-ulate one up
I would say you should start a base mead today.
~3# per gallon of a decent honey, nothing too expensive.
Nutrient additions, aeration ect.

When the cherries get to you, mash and de-pit them. then freeze the pulp and skins.

Once you primary fermentation slows, maybe 1.025 range rack onto the the thawed cherry pulp for 6 weeks.

you can blend the honey with cherry juice initially if you want a stronger flavor.

In the cherry vanilla (3 member) group brew. We used cherry juice and honey for our base melomel. Then I racked onto cherry puree for 11 weeks. Now it is on 3 vanilla beans.
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I made a cherry mead from cherries I picked last summer and it turned out great! If I remember correctly, I used about 2 lbs tart cherries per gallon in the primary and another pound per gallon or so in the secondary. I pitted the ones in the primary before I did quite a bit of research and found I didn't need to pit them, so they went in the secondary whole. The color of the cherries fade as fermentation progresses, leaching the color into the mead.



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I am tinkering with a 1-gallon cherry mead recipe as well.

I was thinking about 3 lbs honey and 1.75 lbs crushed cherries in the primary; then racking onto another 1.75 lbs crushed cherries in the secondary - following a staggered nutrient addition the whole way - then bulk aging until clear.

here's a quesiton - 1.75lbs of cherries is going to take up quite a bit of space in a gallon jug - would it be appropriate to top off with something (water, cherry juice, more must) when racking off the secondary into a tertiary to bulk age? Or would I be better off with marbles or something else to fill the dead space left over after the cherries are gone?

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I always make my recipe to fit the secondary. That means using a larger primary and a smaller secondary - e.g. a 2-3 gallon primary pail and a 1 gallon glass carboy, or a 5-gallon pail and a 3-gallon carboy.

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I don't see your recipe SS. Mind sharing

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I always make my recipe to fit the secondary. That means using a larger primary and a smaller secondary - e.g. a 2-3 gallon primary pail and a 1 gallon glass carboy, or a 5-gallon pail and a 3-gallon carboy.
that sir, is why you are a meadster, and I'm a beer brewing trying to make mead! I may tier this one up a little - I have a bunch of 5-gallon pails and two 3-gallon carboys, one of which is full of apfelwein that needs to be bottled soon. Better get back over to safeway and pick up a few more lbs of cherries. Thanks summersoltice!
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Done. In the mead recipe section.
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I am waiting for cherries to come down a bit in price as they are a bit pricey where I live at the current time. I am looking forward to starting something based on Summersolices recipe.

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Done. In the mead recipe section.
Thank Solstice for posting your recipe. And if I may, that mead looks amazing. And P.S. I really like the label.
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