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Old 04-09-2013, 01:43 AM   #11
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I started mine in a 6.5 gal carboy with 18lbs of honey and 8lbs of frozen cherries. Racked it to a 5 gal carboy and added 8lbs of cherries again. I also made a gallon on traditional mead to top off with. After that I racked it again and topped of with the traditional mead, stabilized and added 2 med toast oak spirals. It is really drinkable now but I'm going to give it some time and drink them later this summer reserving a few for long term aging to see how it develops.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:58 AM   #12
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I've got a batch of cherry that I just squeezed the fruit after three weeks in the primary. I thought I saw a recipe that added bananas to the secondary, but I cannot find it now. Have you ever heard of using these two together, or am I confusing two different recipes?
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:29 AM   #13
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Did you fill to 3 gallons in primary then add the cherries, or did you add all ingredients then fill to 3 gallons? Also, for a 6 gallon recipe would you use 18 lbs of honey (3 lbs./gal.) or 13.5 lbs. of honey (9 lbs. + 50%)?
Add the honey and cherries, then top to just below 3 gallons.

Bigbeavk's advice below is good for larger batches.

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I started mine in a 6.5 gal carboy with 18lbs of honey and 8lbs of frozen cherries. Racked it to a 5 gal carboy and added 8lbs of cherries again. I also made a gallon on traditional mead to top off with. After that I racked it again and topped of with the traditional mead, stabilized and added 2 med toast oak spirals. It is really drinkable now but I'm going to give it some time and drink them later this summer reserving a few for long term aging to see how it develops.
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I've got a batch of cherry that I just squeezed the fruit after three weeks in the primary. I thought I saw a recipe that added bananas to the secondary, but I cannot find it now. Have you ever heard of using these two together, or am I confusing two different recipes?
I haven't used bananas for mead. Sorry I can't help, but welcome to HBT.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:01 AM   #14
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I'm going to make this probably next weekend with the glut of cherries I've been having. I'm going to go for a 5 gallon batch though, and probably use about 20 lbs of cherries total. That should work right?
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Sure it will, just freeze them for a bit and mash them up a little. Keep in mind though that the cherries take up a lot of room so you will yield less mead. When I used 16lbs total I had to top it off with a whole gallon of traditional mead. It is an awesome recipe as it is. Go for it you won't be sorry either way.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:04 PM   #16
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Fermentation just started really going on mine 6/23 (pitched on 6/20). Only made a 1gal batch as I'm still learning my Mead making skills, but its going strong.
I used dark cherries for mine.
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I've got a batch of cherry that I just squeezed the fruit after three weeks in the primary. I thought I saw a recipe that added bananas to the secondary, but I cannot find it now. Have you ever heard of using these two together, or am I confusing two different recipes?
That was the Strawberry Cabana Mead and the mead was racked onto the banana in the secondary because apparently it imparts the banana flavour better.
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