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Old 08-07-2007, 08:40 AM   #31
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Where in phx is a good place to get wildflower honey? Im gonna be doing prickly pear mead soon. Has anyone tried different kinds of honey? I went and picked about 15 or 16#s the other day so I think im going to try to do it a few different ways.
One of our club members just made a run up the Prescott Valley to pick up some honey. I had him pick up a gallon of wild flower for $27. Let me know if you're interested and I'll get you the info.

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Does anyone know if a pure prickly pear extract would work instead of the fruit?
I don' t really have it available to me in fruit form but found a website that sells extracts and other products. I had no preservatives that I was aware of.

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Old 09-10-2007, 03:33 PM   #33
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40 days in, still bubbling away. OG 1.095 and last FG check was 1.033 about 10 days ago. Is it rack time or do you wait unfil FG is hit like beer?

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Old 09-10-2007, 11:32 PM   #34
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How did I miss this thread for so long?

Out of the three meads that I have made, this one impressed me the most.

I racked after about a month, and bubbling continued in the secondary, I aged it in a tertiary for about 3 months before bottling.

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Does anyone know if a pure prickly pear extract would work instead of the fruit?
I don' t really have it available to me in fruit form but found a website that sells extracts and other products. I had no preservatives that I was aware of.
Where in Texas are you Hell Brew? If you have a fruiteria around you they will have the fruits.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:14 PM   #35
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I racked this bugger about a week ago. gravity at 42 days was 1.009. Seems to be clearing and also still bubbling and I suspect going lower then. I'm using Lalvin ICV D-47. Taste to me at this gravity still seemed a bit sweet.

What do you think from the FG standpoint, will this go below sea level (it's not a champagne yeast). I want a drier taste but not too dry.

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Old 09-20-2007, 01:08 PM   #36
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This sounds awesome. I drive by a house down my street every day that has a prickly pear cactus and I am always tempted to stop by and ask them if I can have the fruit off of it for a mead.

What does the fruit taste like? In my 6 years in Arizona I never tried one.

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Really kind of hard to describe. Not something that you'd chow down on. It has this subtle sweet taste and then goes a little bitter in your mouth. Slightly kiwi'ish in texture. In the mead, I can't really identify it yet with the rack taste test. still too much honey taste/nose.

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Old 09-28-2007, 04:07 PM   #38
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I find that the prickly pear tunas have a taste and texture of a fig and or strawberry.
Just remember that they have some vicious small thorns on them and should be picked and prepared with care. I pick mine with bar-b-que tongs and burn off the thorns over my propane cooker.
I have batch in primary now and it is the most active brew that I have ever encountered. My OG was 1.134 and I used 2 packs of D-47.
This is my first attempt at making mead with them as I have only prepared jam with them in the past. The jam is unlike any other.

QUOTE=Dude]This sounds awesome. I drive by a house down my street every day that has a prickly pear cactus and I am always tempted to stop by and ask them if I can have the fruit off of it for a mead.

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Lazy to read so asking my buds . (Actually just really friggen busy at work).

It's been a month since I last reported and this has cleared nicely. I'm going to test FG and if stable for a week should I bottle or is it best to rack one more time and let it hang out in a carboy for another month?

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This sounds awesome. I drive by a house down my street every day that has a prickly pear cactus and I am always tempted to stop by and ask them if I can have the fruit off of it for a mead.

What does the fruit taste like? In my 6 years in Arizona I never tried one.
You ought to go ask if you can nab a couple off. Probably ripe now.
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