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Old 03-22-2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Clearing melomel

I made a gallon each of bluberry and rasberry melomel in which i heated the fruit/honey to 170 for about 15 minutes. This is my first attempt at melomel, though ive done several meads with good results.

The melomels are not clearing at all, they are cloudy. I am assuming this is due to pectin from heating the fruit, so what are my options for cearing these post fermentation.

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Old 03-22-2010, 03:30 PM   #2
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sparkolloid might help, but if you didn't add any pectin enzyme in the beginning, they may not clear.

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What about filtration?

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How long has it been aging? I was under the impression that with enough time everything would eventually drop out... is that incorrect?

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How long has it been aging? I was under the impression that with enough time everything would eventually drop out... is that incorrect?
I think that because his fruit was heated to 170, that the pectin may be "set" and won't drop.

But I may be wrong.
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Its been aging about 2 months with absolutely no change.

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You can test for pectin by adding methylated spirits, grain alcohol, or rubbing alcohol to a glass of the mead. If you have pectin, this will cause it to clump and strand.

If you have a pectin haze, you can treat with pectinase even now. However, given that alcohol and lower pH may impact the activity of the enzyme, I would typically use 2-3 times the recommended dose. These enzymes are proteins that will eventually precipitate out, so the larger dose will cause no problems.

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filtering would strip some of the flavor out. wouldn't recommend it.

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Anyone else endorse the sugestion by Meds?

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Anyone else endorse the sugestion by Meds?
I've done it with a cherry wine and was met with success. I used a good bit of enzyme and didn't get any off flavour or anything
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