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Old 08-08-2008, 03:18 AM   #1
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Default Sanitizing fruit additions for secondary question

I will be splitting up my 5 gallon batch for adding different fresh fruits, Strawberry, Pineapple, Lemon & Cherry. But how should I sanitize the fruits?
Is steeping them an option? Or an maybe infusing with Vodka? Or do I just toss them in? Thanks in advance


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Old 08-08-2008, 04:39 AM   #2
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When adding to the secondary, I wash the whole fruit well. Then I cut it up, freeze it, chop it, or whatever. The alcohol in a mead should take care of anything that isn't washed off.

You can heat fruit, but then you have to deal with pectins. Vodka would work, but the amount of vodka needed would probably bump up the ABV of your mead considerably.


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Old 08-08-2008, 04:42 AM   #3
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Yup...
Wash it good before you chop it up and toss it in there.



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Ok thanks I appreciate the help
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WIth my grapefruit mead I dropped the fruit in boiling water whole for about 5 minutes then cut and shoved them in the carboy and racked on top of them


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