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Blackberry Melomel

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Blackberry Melomel

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Beer Style: Other Fruit Melomel (25C)
Recipe Type: other
Yield: 5 US gallons

Other Fruit Melomel

Description:

I have tried a couple batches with dubious results. Two things I have noticed in working with blackberries is that they are more acidic and have higher tannin levels than other similar berries. I believe that the berries by themselves will provide an acceptable environment for the yeast, and also a great finished product.

The brew was overly acidic, which I corrected by inducing malolactic fermentation. This softened the flavour and introduced some complexity but the mead was still drier than I intended. It really took over two years to become drinkable.

Ingredients:

  • 10 lb clover honey
  • 6 lb wild blackberries
  • 10 gm acid blend (60% tartaric, 20% each malic and citric)
  • 2 pk W'Yeast Pasteur Champagne (one to prime)

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