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Author Topic: When to make a mead into a melomel?  (Read 240 times)

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When to make a mead into a melomel?
« on: August 04, 2019, 01:13:35 AM »
Hey Crew, Just in the middle of making my 2nd mead (made the first one 4 years ago!). My question is as follows:- Having added 1.5KG of clover honey to 3L of water for an OG of 1.084. I plan on giving it another week to ferment out and then transfer the mead over to another carboy with 500g of frozen blueberries (gonna be a tight squeeze) Is it worth adding a clearing agent or anything of this nature to the mead before transfer? also, is it nessasary to kill off the yeast before transfering onto the frozen blueberries? its been so long since i made a mead i forgot what comes when. cheers.
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Re: When to make a mead into a melomel?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2019, 09:28:29 AM »
when i made my mead a couple of years ago, I split my batch and did one gallon with blueberries. this was after the mead was finished and i racked it of the yeast, left it for like a month before i split it. it was crystal clear when i split it. when i racked it to the blueberries it did ferment again. I dont remember my starting gravity, but i think it was 1.120 or a little higher.
even with the secondary fermentation with the blueberries mine stayed pretty sweet. I think the blueberry was like 14-16% and the regular one was 12-14%. Unfortunately i did not take good notes when i made it. i think it finished out around 1.020 or a little higher. CZ helped me out when i did it, suggested the yeast and nutrients to add to the mead.
I still have one 12oz bottle of blueberry and a 1liter of plain left.
so after all that babbling, I wouldnt add any clearing agents, my blueberry was crystal but i let it sit for 2months.  keep us posted on what you do and how it turns out.
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