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Old 10-04-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
Jan 2010
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OK, so I got a bunch of cranberries, and a lot of empty carboys. Does anyone have some good cranberry mead recipes?

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Old 10-04-2010, 10:19 PM   #2
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Cranberries are pretty tart. I would keep it between 1 and 1.5 lbs/gallon. Orange zest pairs well. As for the amount of honey, that depends on how strong or sweet you want it and what yeast your are using.

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Old 10-05-2010, 01:57 AM   #3
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If you're worried about pH and still want more cranberry flavor, you could add more to secondary. Since you're planning on a melomel, you might want to consider 71B for your yeast, and target ~1.120 for your OG...that yeast should end you in the mid 1.0teens, and give you a little residual sweetness to temper the tartness of the cranberries, especially if you add more in secondary to get some additional flavor.

I agree w/ BBBF that I'd add some citrus zest...
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:22 AM   #4
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I did a cranberry/Irish red braggot that I'm happy with. I only used half a retail bag of cranberries in a 5 gal batch. Used 9 lb honey and 6 lbs of extract as well as double the hops called for in the Irish red beer kit. Used the cranberies in primary.

That takes care of about a 2 pounds of cranberries.


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