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McBurtney
post Dec 14 2008, 11:01 AM
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Still relatively new to the board, and inspired as hell by all you guys. I took a que from some of the recepies I have been seeing, and realized that it was OK to just make 1 gallon batches. (and 10x easier!). At the local store I found some rasberry honey so I thought I would have a go in an old wine jug.

3.5 lbs Wild Rasberry honey
one gallon water
1 tsp Nutrient
.5 tsp energizer
Lalvin 71b (I have been reading from y'all that this is good for fruity tastes. I have had nothing but good luck with this yeast.)

OG: 1.13
FG: t.b.a.

....and a vigorous shake for aeration. I prefer the no heat method

Now the hardest ingredient....PATIENCE


but this is so damned easy, one could make as many batches as funds permit. Good thing my wife likes MEAD! (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/wink.gif)

Currently enjoyting Lugashall Christmas mead, which tastes like Scotland.
Cheers to you guys! (IMG:http://beatallica.org/phpBB2/images/smiles/icon_cheers.gif)
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post Dec 14 2008, 11:05 AM
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Welcome to the board and enjoy
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post Dec 19 2008, 12:00 PM
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Welcome to the board! (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif)

Raspberry Melomel was the reason I got interested in Mead and home brewing. I see you are using Raspberry honey as apposed to actual fruit. I have not tasted Raspberry honey before, can you taste the flower or fruit? If you are interested in Mead making with fruit, be sure to get "The Complete Mead Maker" for lots of tips!

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post Dec 19 2008, 12:37 PM
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QUOTE(McBurtney @ Dec 14 2008, 09:01 AM) *
FG: t.b.a.

IMO, this is the most important decision you have to make about your mead. You need to decide if it will be dry, sweet or somewhere in between. This will determine how much honey you need to use. Also note that if you want to make a raspberry mead, you'll need some raspberries. Raspberry honey is fantastic but it only tastes mildly of raspberries. It mostly tastes like raspberry flowers.
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post Dec 20 2008, 10:44 AM
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To get some raspberry flavor replace 12 oz of water with a can of frozen raspberry juice concentrate....

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post Dec 20 2008, 06:32 PM
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Thanks dudes! I learn something old every day.
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post Dec 23 2008, 10:17 PM
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OK that previous one will be my control. I am now duplicating my efforts, but with the addition of the raspberry concentrate. Will conduct the side by side experiment.

3.5 lbs Wild Rasberry honey
one gallon water - 12 oz
12 oz Raspberry juice concentrate
1 tsp Nutrient
.5 tsp energizer
Lalvin 71b (I have been reading from y'all that this is good for fruity tastes. I have had nothing but good luck with this yeast.)

OG: 1.14
FG: #? (I am shooting for a medium) @ MtnBrewer. How can I tell until it is done. Do I just decide?
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post Dec 24 2008, 12:20 AM
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QUOTE(McBurtney @ Dec 23 2008, 08:17 PM) *
MtnBrewer. How can I tell until it is done. Do I just decide?

Yes, you just decide. For example, I think melomels should be a little on the sweet side because I think it brings out the fruit flavors better. Once you decide on a final gravity and a yeast, you know approximately how much honey to use. Of course you often have to adjust it at the end but at least it will get you in the ballpark. Also 'tis better to err a little on the dry side. You can always add sweetness but it's harder to remove it.
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post Mar 4 2009, 11:33 AM
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QUOTE(McBurtney @ Dec 23 2008, 09:17 PM) *
OK that previous one will be my control. I am now duplicating my efforts, but with the addition of the raspberry concentrate. Will conduct the side by side experiment.
Mach 2
3.5 lbs Wild Rasberry honey
one gallon water - 12 oz
12 oz Raspberry juice concentrate
1 tsp Nutrient
.5 tsp energizer
Lalvin 71b (I have been reading from y'all that this is good for fruity tastes. I have had nothing but good luck with this yeast.)

OG: 1.14
FG: #? (I am shooting for a medium) @ MtnBrewer. How can I tell until it is done. Do I just decide?



Current results for my chemistry experiment of Dec 08.

Racked both versions recently. my readings were 1.032 for the Mach 1 (sans concentrate) and 1.028 for the Mach 2 (see above). This mach 2 is damn good!!!, and ready to drink now, in my humble opinion. Though I shall let it rest now, I don't see it living long.

Questions for y'all. Are these the final gravities at racking, or upon bottling? I ask because I have seen both montioned, and I always notice a wee bit of fermentation restarting upon racking. Do I use sorbate or bentonite now to hold it where it is???

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post Mar 4 2009, 12:04 PM
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QUOTE(McBurtney @ Mar 4 2009, 09:33 AM) *
Questions for y'all. Are these the final gravities at racking, or upon bottling? I ask because I have seen both montioned, and I always notice a wee bit of fermentation restarting upon racking. Do I use sorbate or bentonite now to hold it where it is???

Final gravity is the gravity at packaging time. If the gravity is where you want it, then you can hold it with sorbate and sulfite. I don't think bentonite will stop fermentation (it's a fining agent). The gravity seems high to me but as mentioned in previous posts, I don't know what your target gravity was.
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post Mar 5 2009, 12:54 PM
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Being a perpetual newb, I'm still learning about this stuff. I would be happy if I could get a med-sweet mead out of these around 1.015 -1.025

The racked meads are still bubbling a little, so we shall see whats up uopn the next reading.
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post Mar 5 2009, 01:03 PM
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Cool.

In that case, I'm not sure why you decided to rack even though the mead was still fermenting. I think it would have been better to let the yeast finish.
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post Mar 5 2009, 02:20 PM
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my bad, newb (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/facepalm.gif)
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post Jul 26 2009, 09:28 PM
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OK 7 months later, here are my Mjd findings:

Mach 1
3.5 lbs Laney Wild Rasberry honey
one gallon water
1 tsp Nutrient
.5 tsp energizer
Lalvin 71b

OG: 1.13
FG: 1.028

STILL WAITING FOR THIS ONE TO CLEAR

Mach 2
3.5 lbs Laney Wild Rasberry honey
one gallon water
12 oz Raspberry juice concentrate
1 tsp Nutrient
.5 tsp energizer
Lalvin 71b

OG: 1.140
FG: 1.020
Is this really 16% ABV like my findings indicate?


Stabilized, very clear, and bottled. Taste test says YUM! (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/goodidea.gif)

Thanks for the forum.

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