In this recipe I use store bought blueberries and blueberry blossom honey.
15 lbs of blueberry blossom honey
60 oz of store bought blueberrys
5 tsp Nutrients
2 tsp Energizer
5 campden tabs
I first froze the berries for a few days then thawed and smashed with paddel in bucket. Then I filled bucket with tap water to 5 gallon mark.
Let it sit overnight then pitched yeasties. I used EC-1118
I read about adding nutrients and energizer through out the fermenting process, so I got a wine thief and took a sample. The gravity was at 1.044! I added 1 1/2 tsp of nutrients and 5/8 tsp of energizer. It seems I missed the 1/3 mark, but I'm still learning and don't have all the equipment yet.
I was planning on racking it off over 1 lb of honey and 5lb of frozen blueberries a series of 3 times, but I tasted the mixing spoon after I was done and quite pleased about the level of blueberry taste. Also I read that by racking it off I am getting rid of yeasties that could be hard at work on the additional honey I plan on adding.
So I am now thinking of adding the last 3lbs of honey and waiting for it to ferment out, then racking onto 5lbs of frozen wild blueberries.
I also saw some blueberry concentrate at the grocery store and was thinking about using this. I need to double check the label for preservatives.
Any suggestions on whether I should add the rest of my honey now or stick with the original plan. Also any thoughts on frozen blueberrys vs concentrate would be helpful.
This is my first 5 batch mead and it already seems to be turning out better than my JAOM. My JAOM smells like bread/beer/oranges so I didn't taste it. My blueberry tasting made me want to sample a shot sized glass.