Originally Posted by TomTwanks
Hey guys, new to HBT so thanks for supplying me with unlimited knowledge from your experiences! Anyways I really want to brew up a batch of melomel. I ordered 12 lbs of orange blossom honey for this. I plan on taking my honey, 5 lbs of fresh or frozen blueberry, some yeast nutrient, and water and warming it up to around 160 to let the ingredients meld together, then pour it in the primary with 2 packs of lalvin ec1118. My questions would be does this look like a solid recipe? Any additional flavors that might work well with these ingredients? I was thinking of adding a can of frozen juice to this just not sure what yet. And lastly, what would be my estimated abv? id like to aim for around 14-15 for this 5 gallon batch. Any info is appreciated and thanks in advance!
I'm not sure about how high your abv will get but 1118 can easily reach 20%, do you this to be a sweet melomel or a dry one? If you are using real fruit use the pectin enzyme, freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw method to help get the sugars out and prevent a pectin haze later on.
Any time you heat the honey, you'll lose a little bit of the nuances that were in the honey (subtle flavors) but I don't think you'll miss anything since you're doing a melomel.
Remember to properly rehydrate your yeast for the best results!