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Old 10-26-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default How dark is blackberry mead?

I have a request for a Blackberry Mead. The person wants a "dark colored" mead for a theme party.

Any thoughts?

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Old 10-26-2010, 03:40 PM   #2
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The colors are red and black.

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Old 10-26-2010, 04:45 PM   #3
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I have made it 2 times, and both ended up kind of pink. I think it would take a whole lot of blackerries to end up with red or black. Maybe some sort of coloring would help.

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Old 10-26-2010, 04:50 PM   #4
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You might want to consider a bochet. This is very dark in color.

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Old 10-26-2010, 04:58 PM   #5
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It should be the color of red wine if you keep it out of the sun. Blackberries bleach in direct (and sometimes indirect sunlight).

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Old 10-27-2010, 06:00 PM   #6
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I just made a blackberry mead using frozen store bought balckberries and it is very, very dark. I used 8 lbs of blackberries in 5 gallons, for what that is worth.

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Old 10-27-2010, 06:18 PM   #7
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My attempts at blackberry mead have all come out like a rose wine.

So it would depend on how long you have before you need it, as it might be better just to use a traditional one and red/black food colouring.....

Or blackberry mead that's high in fruit and flavour and a little food colouring...

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Old 10-27-2010, 08:11 PM   #8
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My attempts at blackberry mead have all come out like a rose wine.
Sounds like too little fruit, or the results of steam juicing.

Frank, use at least 4 pounds of fruit per gallon, and ferment on the fruit and it will be as dark as any good red wine. It also helps to use a yeast good for fixing color.
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:31 AM   #9
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Thank you for the tips. Looks like food coloring. That just makes me feel dirty inside.

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Old 10-29-2010, 09:58 AM   #10
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I've heard black currants will add a dark color to a wine/mead.

By the way, when is this theme party?

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