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AZ_IPA 01-26-2010 06:48 PM

Cherry Melomel started
 
Well, I finally got around to starting my cherry melamel (with 51" of snow in the last week, there wasn't much else to do!)

4.75lbs fresh (then frozen, thawed, and pitted) cherries
3 tsp. pectin enzyme
9 lbs orange blossom honey
Lavlin 71B-1122
hightests SNA schedule

I will eventually rack on to another 5.25 lbs of cherries, and then eventually to tertiary to be topped off with some show mead (1 gallon batch, 3lbs orange blossom honey).

Now for the mead pr0n:

cherries:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...ries_small.jpg

pitting cherries:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...ries_small.jpg

mead:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...9_10_small.jpg

fermenting away:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...8_10_small.jpg

jezter6 01-26-2010 07:00 PM

Very nice.

I used the oregon puree in mine, and bought cans to do another batch very soon. I bottled half the batch as semi-dry (whatever it ended up being, didn't take a reading) and the other I backsweetened heavily with honey and cherry concentrate (accidentally to 1.050 and is very sweet and super-cherry).


Can't wait to see how yours turns out.

AZ_IPA 01-26-2010 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jezter6 (Post 1838838)

Can't wait to see how yours turns out.

I'm thinking it will probably crap out at around 1.015 or so....

I'd like to make this sparking, but I think the yeast will be gonners.....

this may be the batch that gets to me to kegging!

TUCK 01-27-2010 02:49 AM

I think that sight just inspired me to make MEAD...... thanks for the post

Nurmey 01-27-2010 02:55 AM

It sure looks good AZ. What kind of cherries?

Soperbrew 01-27-2010 03:03 AM

MEAD!!!!!!!!!!!


When is the release date so I can plan a trip to north eastern AZ?

summersolstice 01-27-2010 11:25 AM

Lookin' good, AZ!

WheresOurFish 01-27-2010 03:49 PM

I have a bunch of cherry juice I want to use to make something very similar to this, but my DAP and StarSan are backordered. You just had to torture me with mead pr0n, didn't you? It's a conspiracy, I tells ya!

Definitely not helping my level of patience . . .

AZ_IPA 01-27-2010 07:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TUCK (Post 1840083)
I think that sight just inspired me to make MEAD...... thanks for the post

Go for it! Just remember, it takes a looooonnnnnng time for mead to age!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nurmey (Post 1840095)
It sure looks good AZ. What kind of cherries?

I honestly don't remember - I bought them this summer and threw them in gallon ziplock bags in the freezer.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Soperbrew (Post 1840117)
MEAD!!!!!!!!!!!


When is the release date so I can plan a trip to north eastern AZ?

I'm not going to rush this one at all, so I anticipate bottling late summer/early fall (maybe later?) But I have a raspberry melamel I bottled almost a year ago that's really starting to peak!

Quote:

Originally Posted by summersolstice (Post 1840440)
Lookin' good, AZ!

Thanks! your pictures of your cherry mead where the inspiration!

Quote:

Originally Posted by WheresOurFish (Post 1841092)
I have a bunch of cherry juice I want to use to make something very similar to this, but my DAP and StarSan are backordered. You just had to torture me with mead pr0n, didn't you? It's a conspiracy, I tells ya!

Definitely not helping my level of patience . . .

patience is something a mazer needs a ton of! Good luck when you get yours going.

:mug:

jaxn 01-27-2010 07:28 PM

That looks awesome! I'm feeling inspired.

When you rack to secondary and add cherries, do you sulfite?


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