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Old 03-17-2011, 05:48 AM   #21
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Racked to secondary tonight, the strawberries looked like they had given everything they could already.

Here's the two batches, guess which one already had fruit in it. I love that color by the way!

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Old 03-20-2011, 06:27 AM   #22
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sweet thread! I just started my first batch of mead 9 days ago. About ready to transfer to secondary and add fruit. Thanks for the pictures - it helps A LOT.

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Old 03-20-2011, 07:55 AM   #23
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Thanks! Anything I can do to help, especially since I really have no idea what I'm doing.

Here's an updated picture. The Raspberry is just about ready for some fruit, while the Strawberry is starting to clear up.



Here's the batch of Hard Cider I started a few days ago. Total experiment, I have no idea if it'll turn out at all.



I'll post the "recipe" if it turns out to be halfway decent.

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Old 03-22-2011, 12:13 AM   #24
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That looks good. Let us know how it turns out.

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Old 03-22-2011, 05:37 AM   #25
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Just racked my second Melomel onto 2 lbs of Raspberries tonight, the gravity reading was 1.040 before I added the raspberries.

It's tough to see in the picture, but the raspberry one is already much darker than the strawberry one.

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Old 06-10-2011, 02:38 PM   #26
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Figured I should give this an update. Both the Strawberry & the Raspberry have been bottled. The Strawberry was clear & tasted quite good, so I figured I might as well. Been enjoying the heck out of it & everytime I open a bottle, it's better. The Raspberry was just bottled last night. It had been aged on oak for about 6 weeks, was perfectly clear, & tasted great.

As for the hard cider, well they say good ingredients in-good product out. That's so true. Next time I'll use real, cloudy cider. It is improving as time goes by, but it's still virtually tasteless.

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Old 06-21-2011, 04:13 AM   #27
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Snapped a couple pics to show how it turned out. They don't really do it justice, but it's a brilliant gold color & perfectly clear.





Also, dunno why it looks like there's carbonation, but there isn't any to speak of.

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