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DiscipleofDionysus 04-26-2013 04:28 AM

Secondary question
 
First time making mead so I had a question. How long should it sit on fruit (plums)? I just racked it into a 6 gallon glass carboy and want to get a good amount of flavor from it. Thanks

fatbloke 04-26-2013 06:31 AM

Sorry to state the obvious......

Until it tastes right........

Just keep taking a small taste once a week so you can follow the improvement in flavour. Then rack off the fruit when it tastes good to you or the flavour stops changing......

Meadiator 04-26-2013 04:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fatbloke
Sorry to state the obvious......

Until it tastes right........

Just keep taking a small taste once a week so you can follow the improvement in flavour. Then rack off the fruit when it tastes good to you or the flavour stops changing......

Will there be any negative effects if he leaves it for a long period of time?

JFK 04-26-2013 09:47 PM

No unless there are pits in the plums. Yet taste really is the only way your going to know when it's at its peak. I taste all my meads about one a week once in secondary.

fatbloke 04-27-2013 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Meadiator (Post 5144599)
Will there be any negative effects if he leaves it for a long period of time?

Well there's always the potential for the fruit element to go off too, but that's generally less of a problem as it usually takes months.

Plus as long as the fruit stays moist by "punching down the cap" if its in a bucket or that the liquid level is kept to about an inch or less below a bung or airlock arrangement if in a carboy, then the 2 to 4 weeks which is generally long enough to extract flavour and/or colour is usually fine.


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