Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Brew 20 -- Blackberry Honey and Cherry Mead

This was a completely unmeasured, throw things together and see what happens kind of mead. I took 6lbs of Blackberry honey, about 2.5 gallons of water, a handful of dried cherries I nuked in the microwave, a very generous pinch of yeast nutrients, and some dried champaign yeast from which I made a starter the day before. If it's good, well, I'll probably never be able to make it quite the same again!

Date of Mixing: November 30, 2005
Ingredients

  • Honey: 6lb Blackberry Honey
  • Fruit: 2.2 oz dried Cherries
  • Water: circa 2 gallons
  • Other:About 2t Yeast Nutrient

Original Specific Gravity: 1.082 (quite low)
Expected Final Specific Gravity: 0.998
Expected Alcohol Content: 12%
Gallons in Fermenter: about 3 gallons
Yeast: Red Star dried Champaign yeast
Quantity: 900mL
Time of Pitching: 23:00

4 comments:

Hunahpu said...

It sounds like with the low OG, it will likely be considered a hydromel. One of the best meads I ever tried was a hydromel.

Mattox Beckman said...

Wow, let's hope that happens with this one, then! :-)

Ben, aka BadBen said...

It sounds like it will be a winner. Do your work, yeasties!

Ormr said...

Good luck! I have tried some good cherry meads. My first mead was a plain or sack mead and was wonderful. I am currently doing cordials. You can read my cordial adventure here if you want. I will check back to see how it turned out.

Ormr