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Old 04-30-2010, 04:23 PM   #11
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I made a batch of strawberry mead (my first ever).

7# clover honey
1.25# sage honey
3.5# strawberries (cut and frozen)
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Started this 5 days ago. Fermentation started the next day too.

I have some questions of anyone could answer them - I remove the strawberries when they turn white correct? So then do I rack to secondary or leave it? Also racking to secondary, will fermentation continue?

Just not completely sure how to proceed.

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Old 04-30-2010, 05:31 PM   #12
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I definitely want to try this. When you've made it before (anyone), did you really wait a whole year before you had some?
I know I definitely won't wait a whole year to try it, but i will definitely save some for a year and taste the differences.
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:41 PM   #13
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I think I'm going to try it first with strawberries in the primary. Strawberries bought. I hope I have enough honey.
I may put more strawberries in the secondary, depends on what it tastes like when I sample.

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I think I'm going to try it first with strawberries in the primary. Strawberries bought. I hope I have enough honey.
I may put more strawberries in the secondary, depends on what it tastes like when I sample.
I used roughly three pounds of strawberries in primary, nearly 12 pounds of honey, and let it sit for three weeks(?).

Transferred to secondary on top of 13/14~ pounds of cut fresh strawberries. (oh the joys of having lived in pasadena, TX. it just so happens that the weekend before I planned on transferring was the strawberry festival, so I picked up a whole flat of strawberries for 20 bucks. roughly 12 pints I think it was.) It has been fermenting away, and I'm tempted to take it off and transfer it over again, but I may wait another week or so to do it. From what I've read though, after the first week or so you pretty much get all of your flavors out of the fruit; and am contemplating whether or not to transfer it already or wait. Maybe I'll flip a coin.
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:07 AM   #15
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I know I definitely won't wait a whole year to try it, but i will definitely save some for a year and taste the differences.

You do need a year to age it. The taste is there but too much alcohol taste if you drink it sooner. The fruit flavor really comes out at the year mark. Trust me It's worth it. I did my fruit in the primary and the primary exploded through the airlock. So be careful. Secondary is the way to go for me from now on. My next batch is going to be a blueberry strawberry. Should be great.
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