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Old 05-31-2011, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default Orange and kiwi mead

Hi everyone,
Got some honey the other day and decided to throw together a random mead. I put and orange and two kiwis(peeled and chopped) and some raisins straight into the demijohn(Carboy).
It's going well but I was wondering if I can keep the fruit in this for a long while or wether I should rack it relatively soon to remove the pulp etc.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:07 PM   #2
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If you keep the fruit in too long, the flavors may become overpowering. How large is your batch, and how much honey did you use?

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Old 05-31-2011, 09:17 PM   #3
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It's a one gallon batch(imperial gallon) I used just over 3lbs of wild flower honey. Was thinking about racking it after a week but will the flavours remain?

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Old 06-01-2011, 12:41 PM   #4
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Would the fruit drop on it's own or is it best removed?

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Old 06-01-2011, 02:48 PM   #5
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Fermentation is probably going to take about a month- and it's probably a bad idea to try and rack while the yeast are still so active. I would wait to rack it until it is completely fermented. You can try a bit then, and see how strong the flavor is. You may get a stronger fruit flavor than you were looking for, but hey, it's only a gallon, and not five. The only thing I can think of that might help if it is way too strong is to get a larger fermenter, and add more must in the same proportions as the original. This would restart fermentation, but would dilute the fruit flavors a bit (or a lot, depending on how much must you add).

Hope this helps you out.

Also, what yeast did you use? (Just curious)

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Old 06-01-2011, 08:03 PM   #6
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It was a packet of youngster wine yeast super compound, sorry don't know any other details of it

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Old 06-01-2011, 08:04 PM   #7
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Youngs sorry

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Aha- just looked it up. It's supposedly made for fast fermentation, so you might be looking at less than a month, but meads generally take a while.

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Also, when making meads with added fruit, you might want to look into using a plastic bucket as your primary fermenter. Then you can just put any fruit you want to add into a muslin bag, and it will be easily removable.

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Old 06-02-2011, 09:18 AM   #10
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Thank you, it was a day off and I was super bored so just threw it together tbh

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