So last week on 12/02/03 I finally started up a Strawberry Melomel that I've been wanting to put together. Below is the recipe:
- 12 lbs. Honey
- 4 lbs. Strawberry
- 1 bottle (2 qts) of Welch's Red 100% Grape Juice
- 4 Gallons Water
- Yeast Fuel / Energizer
- Campden tabs
- 1 pkg of Montrachet yeast
OG: approx. 1.100
Heat up the water, you can add the honey to disolve (do not boil) or just straight into your fermenter. Add strawberry to fermenter, I added it in a bag and squished the fruit as much as possible with a mash potato tool makes it easier to pull out later on. Add water, honey (if not already added), yeast energizer/fuel, and grape juice. Add campden and mix well. 24 hours later pitch yeast. Cover loosely or with towel, continue to stir daily for approx. 5 days then rack off the fruit, or in my case remove the bag and then rack into a carboy. Top up to about 5.5 gallons. Gravity should be around 1.030.
You can add additional honey if desired. Then it's wait time.
Smelled delightful at racking and sample tasted wonderful, can't wait to see how it is a few months down the road. Below are two pics I took while racking off the fruit into the carboy to which I had 3 more lbs. of honey in. I'll update this thread later on to show progress. Enjoy.