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Old 11-16-2008, 12:32 AM   #1
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Default My first mead - well, melomel...whaddya think?

So I tried the mead thing today and I'm curious as to any feedback. I slightly modified one of the raspberry melamel recipes from this board.

I heated one gallon of spring water to 115*F; added 7.5 lbs of clover honey and stirred to dissolve. Added 5g pack of D-47 to 100mL 105*F water to bloom. Added 24 oz. fresh raspberries to a 3 gallon carboy, along with 0.5 cup earl grey tea, and the strained juice from 4 lemons and 4 limes. I added 1 tsp. yeast nutriet to the honey mix, and added the honey mix to the carboy. I topped off the carboy to ~3 gallons with spring water (almost 1 more gallon); mixed well and took a temp. Right at 80*F so I grabbed a sample for OG and pitched the yeast.

The OG (temp corrected) is 1.105. I'm excited for my first mead...errrr....melamel!

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Old 11-16-2008, 05:35 AM   #2
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one more question - I've read to rack off the fruit after a week. Is that a good thing to do?

And also, I'm assuming this ain't like beer with a 1-2-3 method What's the consensus for how long before bottling (and yes, I know that waiting until fermentation is done is the obvious thing); and how long to condition?

My initial plan was to rack off the fruit at 1-2 weeks - keep in the carboy for at least 6-8 weeks, and age in the bottles for at least 3 months...

thx.

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Looking fwd to trying it out! I hope it doesn't go too dry.

Oh yah, it is bubbling this morning at 7:00am.
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My initial plan was to rack off the fruit at 1-2 weeks - keep in the carboy for at least 6-8 weeks, and age in the bottles for at least 3 months...
Sounds like a good plan! Rack off the fruit when the gravity gets below 1.010 and then rack again a couple of weeks later when the gravity is around .096. It'll be dry by then so you can decide whether you want to stabilize and backsweeten. Bulk age in the carboy for at least 3 months. I leave mine in for 8-12 months.
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thx summer...

where are you in Nebraska? I detassled corn one summer in the milford/seward area...

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thx summer...

where are you in Nebraska? I detassled corn one summer in the milford/seward area...
90 miles west of there on I-80.
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90 miles west of there on I-80.
I always said there were 2 good things that came out of Nebraska....



The Cabalas Catalogue and I-80!






Now I guess I have to add Summersolstice and his fine fermented concoctions.
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I always said there were 2 good things that came out of Nebraska....

...Cabelas... and I-80!
And we have both right here in Kearney!
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Detassled???? Holy crappers...mother of.....I haven't heard that word in a long long time...man that WAS my summer job growing up in Rural Iowa. I worked on both large "bus" size detassling crews, as well as contracted a number of acres myself.

Talk about THE TOUGHEST Job you'll ever HATE!! Good money, but man..lots of hard work...Nothing like FULL PULL!!

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Detassled???? Holy crappers...mother of.....I haven't heard that word in a long long time...man that WAS my summer job growing up in Rural Iowa. I worked on both large "bus" size detassling crews, as well as contracted a number of acres myself.

Talk about THE TOUGHEST Job you'll ever HATE!! Good money, but man..lots of hard work...Nothing like FULL PULL!!

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great money when I was 14! But man, those 1/2 mile rows were killers...

Were you on an Oetting's crew?
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