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Old 03-21-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default Grapefruit Mead?

I found a thread or two on this subject, but no one really answered it to completion. Would a grapefruit mead turn out nicely if you went by the standards of a regular JAOM? Would the sweet finish mellow out the tartness of the grapefruit? I would really like to try this, but I'd like some feedback first.

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Old 03-21-2013, 05:17 PM   #2
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Sorry, I forgot to classify it as a melomel rather than a mead.

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Old 03-21-2013, 05:34 PM   #3
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Melomel is just a type of mead so it's okay in that department. Im not sure I would define a grapefruit as "Tart", I find them to be bitter and quite gross.

The answer to your question depends on how many grapefruits/gal you plan on using. I think 1 big one would be okay, but maybe use the zest and fruit meat and leave out as much pith as possible?

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Old 03-21-2013, 05:54 PM   #4
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So if I were to do something such as:

For 5 gal. batch
-5 large grapefruit (zest and juice only)
-15 lb. honey
-roughly 125 raisins
-5 tbsp. Fleischmann's bread yeast
-water to 5 gallons
-5 cinnamon sticks
- 5 cloves

Would I be okay with this?

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Old 03-21-2013, 06:14 PM   #5
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I've actually got a batch of this going right now. Following the JAOM recipe I used a handful of raisins, about 4ish lbs of honey, and grapefruit. Used one and half. Just cut em up and tossed em in. It's about at the two month mark now and still bubbling.

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Old 03-23-2013, 05:20 PM   #6
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Did you just do a gallon batch? I chickened out at last minute on a 5 gal. batch, so I only used one grapefruit, 2 lemons and 2 oranges.also, did you use a high ABV yeast, or straight up bread yeast?

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Just a one gallon batch and straight up bread yeast. Nothing too fancy.

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Awesome, I plan to do this after a hard apple cider and a bouchet. Thanks for the advice

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