Beer Style: Other Fruit Melomel (25C)
Recipe Type: other
Yield: 5 US gallons
Wow, I made my first mead! That was fun! My beer brewing roomie helped lots. She has made lots of great beer, but this was her first mead too. We made a basic mead recipe, and let it go 3 mo. Today we split it into 2 batches. To my half we added mixed berries and some cider to sweeten. To hers blueberries and ginger. A taste of the base mead, before adding it to the berry juice was interesting. Kind of tart with a cider-sweet background, and the honey was still there. I can't wait to taste it when it's finished.
Heat to 210 F remove and add 3 gal chilled water, cool to 75 F and pitch 2 packets Red Star Flor Sherry yeast.
Ferment 3 months, then split batch in half. Crush fruit. Bring 2-1/2lb. cherries, 1lb. each raspberries & blackberries 1/2lb. blueberries, and 1/4 gal apple cider with water to make it a gal. to 160 F for 20 min. Cool to 75 F, pour in carboy add 2-1/2gal mead. The other 1/2 was done with 4-1/2 lbs. blueberries and 2-1/2 oz fresh ginger made into a tea. The berries were pasturized the same as above.
Source: B.J. Davis