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Offline cdunlop

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Adding fruit to my meade
« on: March 16, 2009, 10:20:35 AM »
To all of the Meade brewers out there; I am new to brewing, and I have a batch fermenting right now.  I will be racking to my carboy soon, and wanted to know if it is OK to add fruit at that time, or should I have done it during the fermentation process? I will probably do strawberries!

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Re: Adding fruit to my meade
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009, 11:23:05 AM »
Everything I've read has said to add the fruit after the initial ferment.  So you would ferment it then rack into your secondary with the fruit in there.  The ferment will take off again, but not as vigorous.  But if you do this, you will want to allow enough time for the mead to clear before bottling.

And technically, you will no longer be making mead.  Depending on the fruit, you could be making a melomel, cyser or pyment.  There's also other types that have barious spices in them.

Good luck with your mead and please report back how it turns out.

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Re: Adding fruit to my meade
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009, 05:13:10 PM »
Thanks, yeah it will be a Melomel, I still have another week and a half to fermeuntate, so its gonna be a wile!

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Re: Adding fruit to my meade
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2009, 09:49:08 PM »
You might shoot Archer a PM as well.  He's a home brewer & may have some insight into your question.