Thanks. You gave me a lot to think about.
I have already chopped them up and I did rinse them before hand.
Hmm... I might try the trick with the boiling water to frozen berries. And thanks for the info on the steaming. Next time I might just steam them quickly.
I guess I just got a little paranoid after reading the thread about losing two batches of mead after racking bad berries. All the other melomels I've made were with dried fruit so...