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Old 12-09-2008, 05:04 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 12-09-2008, 05:07 AM   #2
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Man....That looks like it's gonna be taste-TEE
Do keep up the progress updates.

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Old 12-09-2008, 06:23 AM   #3
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you need more strawberries for secondary, more flavor.

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Old 12-09-2008, 05:29 PM   #4
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Man....That looks like it's gonna be taste-TEE
Do keep up the progress updates.
Will do.

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you need more strawberries for secondary, more flavor.
Probably will rack onto more strawberries later, I'll see.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:45 PM   #5
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I agree..or maybe a couple more pounds of a frozen strawberry puree you can buy at your grocery store..to really bring out the strawberry flavor.

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Old 12-09-2008, 09:58 PM   #6
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sounds delicious!

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something I forgot, when my local club tried my strawberry melomel I was given the suggestion of using a small amount, lets call it a lb, of raspberries. The justification is that it would accent the strawberry but wouldnt be enough to steal and of the show.

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Update...

I had moved from my original residence when I did this melomel and left it there to bulk age. Didn't get any pictures till I bottled this past weekend. Strawberry character is hovering around in the background but it's aroma is there, I should have added more strawberry but due to the move and other issues it just got forgotten. Anyhow it's interesting nonetheless, although hot at 14.8% abv. I'll give it over 8 months to a year before I crack another one open. Here is a pic of the melomel (of course the spreadable honey is not part of the ingredients, just for show):

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ooo that shot makes me cant wait till my mead is done.

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I did a similar recipe and it was too good to last that long. Everyone who had tried it was wanting more of it. I am thinking I am going to have to try it again with some bulk aging.

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