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Old 06-15-2013, 10:10 PM   #1
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Default Yet another, first try recipe for review

Been making beer and wine for a while, but want to try to make a honey/jam mead. I've been reading a few other threads, and tried to put together a recipe and steps to make it, so please review, and comment. Also, I saw in the sticky at the top of the thread that Potassium Carbonate might be a good additive, yet I don't see it used in any of the threads I've been reading. Any comments on Potassium Carbonate? Should I be adding some or not? You will recognize some of the text from other threads, since I admit I plagiarize....Thanks in advance.

Black Cherry Jam Mead
Recipe: [5 gallons]

Black Cherry Jam 5 lbs (65g of sugar/55g of fruit per 100g)
7 tsp pectic enzyme
gallon water

Honey - 10 lbs
5 tsp black tea (Earl grey)
4 gallons water

10g Lalvin K1-V1116 yeast
12g Rehydration Nutrient - Go-Ferm
167ml water

9.1g Yeast Nutrient - Fermaid-K
9.1g Yeast Energizer - Diammonium phosphate (DAP)
2 Camden tablets
5.5g Potassium Sorbate

Black Cherry Jam 1.87 lbs (back sweetening)
3 tsp pectic enzyme

OG - 1.100 [nominal]; FG - 1.000 [or below]

1) Mix 5 lbs of Jam, 7 tsp of pectic enzyme and gallon of water. Cover and let sit 24-48 hours.
2) Rehydrate the 10g of dry yeast using GO-Ferm in the rehydration water [167 ml water & 12g Go-Ferm]. Caution: Do not use other nutrients! Fermaid-K and DAP should NOT be added to the rehydration water.
3) Prepare the Must by adding 2 gallons of water to a sanitized plastic primary bucket. Then heat another 2 gallons of water to 115F, and remove it from the heat. IMPORTANT: Remove the pan from the heat, or the honey may scorch on the bottom of the pan. Now, add all of the honey to the heated water -mix well. Put some of the hot honey/water back into the honey container to get all the honey out. Mix until all the honey is dissolved. The goal is to thoroughly mix 4 gallons of water with 10 pounds of honey. Stir in the 5 pounds of jam and mix well. Add the warm honey/jam/water mixture to a plastic primary bucket, and then add the Stage 1 Nutrients (4.5g Fermaid-K & 4.5g DAP)- stir-in to dissolve. The honey/jam/water mixture should be a little over 5 gallons. Check the mixture’s temperature and allow it to cool below 80F – install an airlock during this cooling time, and from this point onward.
AFTER the honey/jam/water mixture is BELOW 80F, take a SG / Brix, & temperature reading and record these values with the date and time, then install the primary lid and airlock.
4) Pitch the rehydrated Yeast - Pour the yeast slurry into your cooled mead mixture, and mix it in thoroughly with a sanitized mixing tool (spoon). Put the lid on your primary plastic bucket.
5) Add additional nutrients as follows:
-- Stage 2: At active fermentation (when the Brix drops 2-3)
Add the Stage 2 Nutrients (2.8g Fermaid-K & 2.8g DAP) - stir-in to dissolve.
-- Stage 3: At mid-fermentation (OG+FG)/2, -
Add the Stage 3 Nutrients (1.8g Fermaid-K & 1.8g DAP)- stir-in to dissolve.
6) First Racking (from bucket to carboy)
When SG reaches ~1.000, rack the mead to a clean, sanitized, 5 gallon glass carboy. At 1-3 month intervals, rack the mead off the lees until you have relatively clear mead. Some mead will be left behind and your final volume should be about 4 - 5 gallons. Add 2 tablets Camden and 5.5g Potassium Sorbate to stabilize.
7) Mix 1.87 lbs of Jam, 3 tsp of pectic enzyme and 2 cups of mead from carboy. Cover and let sit 24-48 hours, then add to carboy. Allow to sit 14-21 days.
8) Bottle and age 6-12 months before consumption.


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Old 06-16-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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Sounds pretty solid in the approach. I just took a bottle of my strawberry jam mead to my parents and step mother loved it. Mine was a bit sweet for my dad and I but her being a sugar fiend she just loved it. For back sweetening I used 1lb jam per gallon. I just used an even split 1lb in primary and 1lb in secondary.

The only words of caution I can give is that adding the jam to secondary still had a lot of set pectin floating around in my melomel. I had to filter the mead to get a lot out because it would not all settle to the bottom. I even did the same as your step 7 and it helped I am sure but not enough. You may just cut the jam with juice rather that the mead so there is less alcohol to mess up the enzymes. That may help.


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A lot of my recipe is based upon yours, as you probably noticed. Did you use any Camden in the Jam/Jelly? I didn't, since you didn't mention it, and I'm thinking since it is all processed, it is probably OK without it.

Any input on the 2 tablets Camden and 5.5g Potassium Sorbate to stabilize? Should I plan to use more Camden? Thanks for the input on cutting the jam for the secondary, and thanks for the inspiration...

Current status: Jam, pectic enzyme, and water mixed and sitting in the fermentation chamber at 74 deg F for the next couple of days.
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Thank you for the compliments I am glad I have some inspirational recipes. I rarely find I need to use Camden tablets in the primary to stabilize the must. Honey is naturally a anti fungel and bacterial agent on it's own. The only exception I have found to that is in a braggot. Braggots do not seem to do well or it may be because I also caramelized my honey in that batch that went sour many moons ago. Not sure but that dark bochet braggot was a failure and from there forward I used Camden up front with my braggots but I still don't use it for any other meads.

When stabilizing I use 1 crushed tablet per gallon. Your sorbate should be fine. Also I think I am going to revise how I back sweeten. Normally I mix in my back sweetening agent (honey, jam, sugar...) along with the Camden and sorbate all at once. But lately I have had mixed results. I have had two batches still ferment. Very slowly albeit but still fermented. I think about a 12 hour rest between adding the chemicals and then the back sweetening agent will improve results. Just my personal experience.
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Update:
Started my mead on Wed after letting the pectic enzyme work on the Jam since Sunday.
Starting OG was a bit low at 1.084, and I made a mistake and doubled up on the yeast Nutrient (9g instead of 4.5).
All is bubbling well today (Thursday) in the fermenter at 74 deg F.
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Moved the mead to a carboy. SG at .995, but I just remembered I didn't add the black tea. Should I still add it? Is the purpose to add tannin?


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