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Old 03-11-2011, 03:09 AM   #11
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Have you ever needed a blow off tube with mead? I don't get much of a krausen at all in meads.

 
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:05 AM   #12
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Have you ever needed a blow off tube with mead? I don't get much of a krausen at all in meads.
Well, this is my first mead so I didn't really know what to expect. Turned out to be a pretty mild fermentation though, so I swapped it out for an airlock.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:41 AM   #13
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Took a gravity reading today & it was down to 1.010, so I added 1lb of frozen strawberries. I decided to stay away from the strawberry extract for now & use the real stuff.

I tasted it, not.....too.....good.....

Oh well, I've got nothing but time!

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Old 03-14-2011, 08:02 PM   #14
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Well I can say that your first problem is that you tasted it in under a week! Mead will not be good to drink that fast.

I would say that the second thing to consider is that you didn't add enough honey. I like to use 3lbs/gallon. I am sure some would say otherwise, but that's what I do. I also think that 1lb of strawberries will not be enough. I must have used double that in my strawberry mead done last year.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:49 PM   #15
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Well I can say that your first problem is that you tasted it in under a week! Mead will not be good to drink that fast.

I would say that the second thing to consider is that you didn't add enough honey. I like to use 3lbs/gallon. I am sure some would say otherwise, but that's what I do. I also think that 1lb of strawberries will not be enough. I must have used double that in my strawberry mead done last year.
Well I'm not too concerned about the taste since I know it's way too soon to pass judgement.

Unless I'm mistaken, couldn't I still add more honey anytime?
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:37 AM   #16
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You could easily add another 1/2 lb honey as well as the strawberries if you'd want.
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:51 AM   #17
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looks good. this is next on my list. what kind of honey did you use?

 
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:02 AM   #18
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Looks like your procedure is similar to my melomels that have actual fruit or puree...get the bulk of primary done, then add the fruit directly to the primary. After a few weeks rack off the fruit and let it ride until bottling. I did this using canned cherry "puree" (actually more fruit in their natural juice), and it came out awesome...I've been thinking about repeating with the strawberry puree.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:44 PM   #19
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You could easily add another 1/2 lb honey as well as the strawberries if you'd want.
I'll give it a taste before racking to see if it needs a little extra of anything

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looks good. this is next on my list. what kind of honey did you use?
For this recipe I used Wildflower honey from my LHBS. I made another gallon of Raspberry with Clover honey yesterday.

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Looks like your procedure is similar to my melomels that have actual fruit or puree...get the bulk of primary done, then add the fruit directly to the primary. After a few weeks rack off the fruit and let it ride until bottling. I did this using canned cherry "puree" (actually more fruit in their natural juice), and it came out awesome...I've been thinking about repeating with the strawberry puree.
Good to know!
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:33 AM   #20
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Crap, I'm impatient which is not a good thing to be when making mead.

I just checked the gravity, degassed & added the 3rd dose of nutrient to the Raspberry batch. 1.094 down from 1.108

Dunno what the gravity is on the Strawberry batch, I'm going to wait until I rack it to check. I'm suspicious it's quite low.
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