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Old 05-14-2011, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Cherry Berry Mead

Recipe Type: Extract
Yeast: Wyeast 4184
Batch Size (Gallons): 5 Gallons
Original Gravity: 1.13
Final Gravity: 1.01
Boiling Time (Minutes): 15
Color: Amber
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14 days
Additional Fermentation: 1 week
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 3 weeks
Tasting Notes: A nice meld between strawberries, grapes and cherries!

Hello All,

I made a Cherry Berry Mead last year and loved it...so a couple of weeks ago I brewed up some more and thought I would share!

  • 12 Pounds Light Amber Honey
  • 12 Pounds of Frozen Strawberries
  • 2 Quarts Welch's White Grape Cherry 100% Juice
  • 2 teaspoons of yeast nutrients
  • Wyeast 4184 Sweet Mead
  • 1 Gallons of Water

For my base I start by boiling a gallon of water....while the water is boiling I pour the honey in to a mixing pot, then I use the boiling water to get the rest of the honey out of the jug...when jug is clear, discard the rest of the boiling water (the hotter you make your base, the more cooling you will need to do). Now you have honey and water, its time to add the Welch's Juice and Yeast Nutrient....mix everything together and pour in to fermenter...add cold water to bring up to five gallons...mix or shake to combine ingredients and aerate.
At this point you will want to add strawberries...I prefer to puree my berries and place them in to the fermenter, its my experience that it helps speed the process and really brings in the berry flavor...the draw back is that you will need to rack it another time to get it crystal clear.
Pour in yeast and primary ferment for 2 weeks, rack to a secondary for 3 weeks and finally rack again for 1 week for clarification.
Bottle and let age for 3 months and give it a try...at 6 months it's a piece of art!
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I am looking to get in to mead making, I think this will be my first!!!

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Sound's great...let me know how it goes!

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Slim I brewed this the other night, it has an amazing smell to it, I just wanted to drink it then. I cant wait to try this one when it's done, can you recommend any other mead recipes to try?

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I want to try it, but my SO says the amount of honey has to be a typo. What was your starting/ending gravity? What ABV did it end up?

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Looks about right. A standard mead has between 2 - 3 pounds of honey per gallon. Come out at around 12%.

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I want to try it, but my SO says the amount of honey has to be a typo. What was your starting/ending gravity? What ABV did it end up?
Old mate is correct it's a12% mead....in regards to the honey, you can go more or less...the less you put in it the dryer it will be. I think if you give this one a try you won't regret it...after making this one 8 different times, it truly is my favorite based on the smell (A++++), the taste(A++++) and the simplicity to make.
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He is still saying it's off- 12 pounds of honey to 1 gallon of water. Even taking the juice into consideration it's 12pounds to 1.5gallons of liquid.
We are new though, so please let me know if we are missing something.

Edit: Nevermind, he had missed the additional water in the instructions. It shall be my next batch. I'm currently doing a blueberry mead.

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He is still saying it's off- 12 pounds of honey to 1 gallon of water. Even taking the juice into consideration it's 12pounds to 1.5gallons of liquid.
We are new though, so please let me know if we are missing something.

Edit: Nevermind, he had missed the additional water in the instructions. It shall be my next batch. I'm currently doing a blueberry mead.
It's a 5 gallon batch...if you look at the very beginning it has the batch size...the 1 gallon you see is the amount of water I recommend boiling to pour inside your honey container to extract all of the honey out of it. So basically for a 5 gallon batch you would pour 12 lbs of honey, wash the honey container out with hot water until all the honey is out, add the juice and then fill the rest of the way up with water until you have five gallons.
Sorry for the confusion.
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