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Strawberry Melomel
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Just brewed this up last night:

    5 gal batch:
    15# clover honey
    8# diced strawberries (frozen and then thawed)
    Yeast Nutrient
    Yeast Energizer
    2 packets of 71B-1122 (rehydrated)

    OG came in at 1.120

    This was bubbling away this morning in my ferm chamber at 21C. I plan to aerate/agitate the must tonight as well as tomorrow and then add a small addition of nutrient and energizer (doing an SNA on this bitch).

    I have 4# of additional strawberries in the freezer that will be added to the secondary once it is transferred.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    21c? is that the apartment number for your ferm chamber?
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • ceanntceannt
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    21C is easier to type than 294.15K
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Or 529.47 Rankine ....
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  • ceanntceannt
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    69.8 degrees Fahrenheit





    way better
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    I'm hoping I can get this thing into drinkable shape in a couple of months. I'll let the bulk of it age more than a year, but is like it to be good sooner than that.

    It was cheap, too. Costco strawberries were $2.99/2#.
  • ceanntceannt
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    a couple of months is really pushing it.... I would think about racking it in three months
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  • ceanntceannt
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    where did you get the honey?
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Local? Costco?
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Costco honey.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    so it's corn syrup. That won't need as much age.
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Pfffft! That costco stuff is the real deal. Seriously, read about it on the internet. They can't post stuff on the internet that's not true.
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    So it's been two days now. I've had to clean out the airlock twice due to clogging, though I haven't had time to agitate and add more nutrients. Is my mead going to be okay if I never get around to adding additional nutrients?! IS IT?!?!
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    no, ship the whole thing to me for disposal.
  • ThymThym
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    no, ship the whole thing to me for disposal.



    Dont listen to this guy Ace. Fry is not licensed for melomel disposal. You'll need to send it to me for proper disposal.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Ace_Club said:

    So it's been two days now. I've had to clean out the airlock twice due to clogging, though I haven't had time to agitate and add more nutrients. Is my mead going to be okay if I never get around to adding additional nutrients?! IS IT?!?!



    All seriousness aside... It will be OK... it will just take longer to ferment, and will need to age more
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Its prolly too late to add the nutrients now.... but if you add a little green tea it might give the yeasties a boost.
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Took the bucket out to add nutrients tonight. Removed the lid and punched the fruit cap down with my stir wand. Then I decided to degas a little prior to adding the nutrients, so I hooked up the drill and turned it on.

    The resulting foam overflowed the bucket and I ended up with quite a bit of mead and strawberries on the floor. *ugh*

    Other than that, the nutrient addition went well and it's fermenting away in my ferm chamber.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
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    too early to de-gas.....oh, you found that out.....
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    Ace_Club said:

    I've had to clean out the airlock twice due to clogging,



    Ace_Club said:

    so I hooked up the drill and turned it on.

    The resulting foam overflowed the bucket and I ended up with quite a bit of mead and strawberries on the floor. *ugh*



    :-?
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  • ceanntceannt
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    Next time you do something like that ace .... video .....
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    too early to de-gas.....oh, you found that out.....



    Yeah, I guess it was more agitating/aeration at this point. Same concept, bad result.
  • ThymThym
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    Ace_Club said:

    too early to de-gas.....oh, you found that out.....



    Yeah, I guess it was more agitating/aeration at this point. Same concept, bad result.


    oops.
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  • ceanntceannt
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    At that point .... just giving the carboy a good swirl and a little shake is good enough ..........
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  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Degassed a little more today, and then added some more nutrient. After that, I took the gravity reading.

    0.998. Guess I didn't need to add the nutrients. @-)

    This bitch went from 1.120 down to 0.998 in a little over a week! :O

    Ah well, the additional nutrients will keep the yeast happy until I transfer it to the secondary on top of more strawberries this weekend.

    Oh, and it tasted pretty damn good, too. \:D/
  • Ace_ClubAce_Club
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    Hence the secondary addition of strawberries. With the mead already at 16%+ abv, and the yeast limit of 14%, the additional 4# of berries should backsweeten nicely.