This is a fruit mead,
or a Melomel.
12 lbs Fresh Peaches, washed, halved, pitted, unpeeled
3 cups sugar
Juice of 6 lemons
6 lbs Clover Honey
7 tsp Acid Blend
3 tsp Pectic Enzyme
3 Campden Tablets
3 tsp Yeast Energizer
3/4 tsp Grape Tannin
1 pack (5g) Red Star Montrachet Yeast
1. Clean, pit, halve peaches
2. Peaches, sugar, lemon juice into primary fermenter
3. Boil honey with water in 2:1 ratio, skim foam
4. Pour hot honey / water mix over fruit, let cool.
5. Add water to make 4 gallons total (Assume the peaches would
take some volume)
6. Let stand overnight.
7 . Take about 2 cups of the must, add all Yeast Energizer,
8 . Let starter stand 3 hrs, add to must.
Starting Gravity: 1108
Starting Acid: 0.52%
Finishing Gravity (Fermentation): 996
Finishing Gravity (bottling): 1013 approx.
24 August, 2003: Starting Gravity:
1108. Estimated alcohol content: 13%
28 August, 2003: Specific Gravity down to 1010, Add 2 cups
sugar and about 1 lb honey.
29 August, 2003: S.G. back down to 1012. Transfer to secondary
fermenter. Glad I used the fruit fermenter bag to keep the
09 September, 2003: S.G. down to 996. Fermentation extremely
03 October, 2003: Added 1.5 tsp Potassium Sorbate to stablilize.
Waiting for it to clear before bottling. Also added 3 campden
02 November, 2003: Racked
17 November, 2003: Added Isinglass to help precipitate cloudiness.
30 January, 2004: Very clear now (see above note on ignoring
things). Also could stand some extra sugar. I added about
1/2 tsp sugar to a 1 oz shot glass, and it's not bad.
07 February, 2004: SG = 996. Added 2 cups Clover Honey to
the mead. This was a minor inconvenience. The honey is difficult
to dissolve correctly, and really clouds up the entire mixture.
I would up using the thief to extract out about 2 cups of
mead at a time, then dissolved what honey I could in it, poured
it back in, and kept going until all of the honey was dissolved.
I then added 3 tsp Pectic Enzyme in an attempt to de-cloud
09 February, 2004: Added 1 dose of Sparkalloid to see if
that would improve things. Not much change.
01 March, 2004: Added 2 tbsp / gallon Bentonite Slurry. This
stuff really works well!
20 March, 2004: Bottled. total yield as follows:
750 ml bottle: 11
375 ml bottle: 4
187 ml bottle: 5