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Old 02-01-2013, 03:49 AM   #1
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All of these are 5gal with 15lbs of clover honey. One week that mesquite honey.
The mesquite honey we used for just a simple mead. The others using clover we mad a triple berry (raspberries, blue berries, and strawberries) that came out like a tart red wine.

I want to use mango, does this flavor translate well? I am worried that its like peach and ferments out.
Also any favorites you all made I would love to hear! I am new

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Old 02-01-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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Just a thought when you mentioned tart red wine and your berry melomel, and loss of peachyness--did you backsweeten at all? Tart, as in acidic? Many times the fruit wines/meads need a bit of residual sugar/backsweetening to pull the fruit back out...and the sugar usually helps balance out minor acidity issues.
As far as ideas, I have a concord pyment going right now, along with an apple juice/cinnamon tea based atomic fireball mead. Vanilla is an idea, and the there is a Cuties orange spice mead on here that looks great (recipe section I think), and it has recd good feedback.

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The tart red wine flavor was amazing. It wasn't acidic. Just if someone else enjoys that style wine could easily replicate in mead/melomel.
As for the mango I have not tried it yet but when I do I will try to back sweeten. Thank you. I tried a cider with peaches and it tasted like hooch... Was worried mango may be the same way.

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I want to use mango, does this flavor translate well?
I made tropical melomel with pineapple, coconuts, mango and orange blossom honey, the mango comes through and even though it was great tasting fresh ripe mango, in the end product I wished I had used less. even the minimal fermenting in secondary changed the flavor a little, made it taste almost old or stale if that makes any sense. I used 6 mangos in a 3 gallon batch that soaked for almost a month, if I make that blend again I think I may cut the amount and time in half, it actually took away from the pineapple and coconut some.
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