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Old 01-26-2010, 07:48 PM   #1
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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
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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:


pitting cherries:


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fermenting away:

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Old 01-26-2010, 08:00 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 01-26-2010, 11:11 PM   #3
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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!
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I think that sight just inspired me to make MEAD...... thanks for the post

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It sure looks good AZ. What kind of cherries?

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


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

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Lookin' good, AZ!

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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 . . .

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

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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That looks awesome! I'm feeling inspired.

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

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