Originally Posted by robsauce
1) Is 10lbs of cherries divided equally into the primary and secondary going to result in an overpowering cherry flavour? I don’t want this to turn into really expensive cough syrup =)
2) Along the same lines as #2, would anyone recommend something other than a 50/50 fruit split between the primary and secondary? Or more/less fruit?
3) Is pectin necessary in the primary or secondary?
4) Some people state adding camden tablets to the thawed/mashed fruit @ 1 tablet per gallon of fruit mush and letting it sit for 24hrs in order to sanitize the fruit. Is this necessary? If it helps the fruit will be purchased already frozen from last years harvest from a local organic fruit farm. I’m hoping they are already pitted.
5) Is 5 minutes of vigorous stirring per day sufficient for aeration? I don’t have an oxygen stone or lees stirrer.
6) Is 1 package of D47 sufficient? I’ve seen some recipes use 2, others use 1.
7) Would 1116 or 1118 be better suited for this mead? I may have to use one of these as I don't have much hope that the d47 made it through shipping.
8 ) How much mead loss would be expected due to racking? Ideally I’d like to end up with 5 gallons of mead. Will 5gallons of must (honey/water) and 10 lbs of cherries give me around 5 gallons in the end?
Any other comments or suggestions are appreciated. TIA!
I'll give it a shot:
1. 10 lbs may or may not be enough. I would put them all in primary then taste after racking to determine if you need more. I believe you get more flavor when in secondary.
2. Answered in #1.
3. Pectin probably isn't necessary but would not hurt to add it.
4. Campden is not necessary. If you use Go-Ferm and nutrients you should be OK. The good yeast will dominate any bad stuff in there.
5. Vigorous stirring is only necessary at inoculation. You can stir it up pretty well 2-3 times a day until the 1/3 sugar break, then gently stir after that.
6. 1 package will work. Two won't hurt you.
7. D47 or 71B will work for this.
8. Depends how much the cherries absorb. Might want to start with slightly more than 5 gallons before adding cherries.