First I would like to say hello to all of you. I have read this forum for the last several weeks and attempting to glen even an nth of what you all know. Wow there is a lot here. So... I have JAOM (1 gall) going in primary right now. It was my first batch ever.
Well, I have a blackberry melomel (1 Gall) in that I used -
1.2 lbs blackberries - frozen thawed then pureed
4 (ish) pounds clover honey
Lalvin EC 1118
O.G. - 1.126 @ 85 *F
current gravity - 1.002
It stopped bubbling 9 days in and I racked it onto another 18 oz of blackberries prepped as above. The fermentation seems to have taken off again, not mad, but some. My concern is that already, two-thirds of the blackberries are already resting at the bottom of the growler. They seem to be pale(er) and mushier (then they were as puree
). Is the EC 1118 eating through this second helping of blackberries this quickly?
Also, if this is the case, when should I rack off the fruit? I intend to have a bit higher ABV, that is why I went with the EC 1118. I'm not worried about taste, it's already pretty good from the 'samples' I had pulled.