Blueberry? Peach?

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Started two batches of mead today in preparation for a batch of probably blueberry mead. I’m going to pick a buttload of blueberries when they start coming out (probably in the next couple weeks) and do the same thing I did with the Simple Strawberry batches. Both batches use the same exact recipe and I intend to keep it that way in the future, aiming still for consistency. Recipe:

  • 1 gallon+1 qt Bee Well wildflower honey (from the 5 gallon tub!), approx. 14 lbs
  • Water up to 4.5 gallongs
  • 5tsp Fermax yeast nutrient
  • 1 packet Lalvin D47 yeast

As always, stirred it all up and let ‘er rip. Stats:

  • Started: 14 June 2011

Racking Simple Strawberry

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Racked the two batches of Simple Strawberry mead this afternoon, split the strawberry harvest equally between the two after boiling the strawberries to sanitize them–didn’t want a repeat of Peach Mead..yikes! The batch with “dry mead” yeast, and also the EC-1118 is SUPER sweet, more so than necessary, though still tasty. I think the yeast didn’t get excited enough about life and hasn’t done enough fermenting into alcohol. The “sweet mead” batch is similarly afflicted with an over-sweetness, but in a way that is similar to the first orange-cinnamon batch. I expect these will be sweet, fizzy, and very strawberrery, so perfect for those with a sweet tooth!

Stats, Sweet Strawberry:

  • Started: 15 May 2011
  • More yeast: 20 May 2011
  • Rack onto Strawberries: 13 Jun 2011

Stats, Dry Strawberry:

  • Started: 15 May 2011
  • More yeast: 20 May 2011 (another packet 4632)
  • More yeast: 22 May 2011 (EC-1118)
  • Rack onto Strawberries: 13 Jun 2011