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Old 10-12-2010, 05:00 AM   #1
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I moved 5 gallons of wild flower mead into secondary on the 27 of sept. The must went into 1 gallon carboys, one of which I crushed and strained a pound of black berries, and another raspberries then added a campden tablet to them. By my count thats two weeks on the fruit, how long should I wait befor I rack off the fruit?

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I've left mead (melomel) on the fruit for as long as 6 months with no problems. I'd leave it at least 1 month before racking off the fruit. Regards, GF.


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Unfortunately, I've had some batches develop sulfur odors when left on fruit, and with berries, I've also had them pick up bitterness from the seeds. So I usually rack them off as soon as I feel the fruit has given up most of what it has to give. That's typically when the berries look bleached out. Generally that will be somewhere in the range of 7-14 days.

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Well I crushed the berries in a zip lock back then strained them so that the seed and skins were mostly left behind so I'm hoping to avoid the bitter tanins. I guess I'll shot for the middle of the road and give them another week.
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I consider a couple factors with fruit additions. The type of fruit and how it was prepped. The firmer and the more whole the fruit is the longer I figure it may take. Generally for me about two weeks. I may look in on it every week or so but I try and forget about it for the first two weeks. If it needs longer I come back a week later. Mead loves patience.

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