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Old 08-09-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default Clementine and Raspberry & Blueberry Melomel's

Hey everyone, yesterday after checking the forums for tips and recipes, etc I came up with this two melomel's.

Clementine and Raspberry & Blueberry



The yeast used was lalvin EC-1118 (and because of that it will be dry) because of the temperature's of my house, I had some d-47 but i might use it in some mead I'm planning to do in the winter.
I made a starter for the yeast and maybe two hours later the airlock was bubbling like crazy

I'm planning to rack to secondary by the 30day mark or when the fruit sinks.

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Old 08-11-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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Comparing how yours look, to how some of mine made with fruit have looked, I thought they looked a little light on fruit ? Or is the intention to use more fruit, but put into secondary ?

As for your mention of dry meads, well I wouldn't use EC-1118 even for that (just for emergency restarts and the like). I would have used K1V, or even something with a lower tolerance and less honey etc......

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As for your mention of dry meads, well I wouldn't use EC-1118 even for that (just for emergency restarts and the like).
I actually like that strain.
I have used it in everything from juice wine to beer and everything in between. It is the same strain as Premiere Cuvee, and it is a very clean, very high tolerance yeast.
But that is why they have so many choices. Everyone has their thing.
Want to see something really cool? Try your same recipes with D-47 and an ale yeast. You will really get an idea of what the yeast does for you.
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:54 PM   #4
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I dont intend to put more fruit in, i was inspired by the stormthecastle recipe i found here and youtube, since he only uses 1 orange and some raisins i thought i would use only 3 clementines, the zest of 5 clementines, 250gr of rasperry, a hand of raisins and 1 tablespoon of bee pollen. The other only have 250gr of blueberries and 1 tablespoon of bee pollen.
I only dont know if i will had more honney in secondary to try not to make a very dry mead. I really need to buy an hydrometer to do my next batches.

Both have an amazing smell now and the fruit is starting to desintegrate .

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Hey everyone, just an update on my 2 week old meads.

My blueberry mead changed color in a couple a days and its starting to get clear but the clementine and raspberry isn't clear like the blueberry, probably because of the different fruits.

The fermentation almost stopped, dunno if i'm going to wait the 30 day mark to rack of the fruits.

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Old 08-23-2012, 05:06 AM   #6
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Did you Add yeast nutrient to your Mead? That might help your fermentation .

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I only added some raisins, im new to brewing so i didnt bought nutrients or energisers. Mabe in my next batches

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I did the same thing with my first batch, I only did one nutrient addition (traditional style with orange blossom).

The flavor is still amazing (great honey) but the alcohol content is lower than I had hoped since the yeast didnt have enough food.

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today i racked both my meads and my cider to new carboys.

took a gravity reading first and they where both at 1.000 so i decided to siphon them, unfortunately on the clementine & raspberry i siphoned some fruits that where mashed in the bottom of the carboy , i might do a third racking when its clear to bulk age.

they tasted a bit on the alcoholic side but i can get some notes of the fruits.
I hope that the aging will do good on the meads

Also filled a 0.25cl bottle of cider with 1gram of sugar to try to get some carbonation.

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It looks tasty...

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