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jonalexdeval
07-19-2009, 04:50 PM
I just started my first mead: (5 gal.)

-15 lbs. california orange blossom honey
-lalvin 71B-1122 Narbonne Yeast (fast fert, 14%, sweet wines, fast maturation)
-nutrients, etc.

But I want to add a fruit at secondary (allow fert to finish in primary, stop, rack onto fruit). However, I am debating this since the orange blossom mead is supposed to make a good show mead as is. I'm looking for advice on what fruits would go well with this particular honey. Any suggestions? I was thinking fresh blackberries or strawberries.

Thanks

DaleP
07-19-2009, 06:09 PM
I've had good luck with blueberries.

Medsen Fey
07-19-2009, 06:55 PM
Welcome to GotMEad? jonalexdeval!!!


With a nice sweet orange blossom mead, most any fruit can be used. What's your favorite fruit?

Medsen

jonalexdeval
07-19-2009, 10:22 PM
Thanks Medsen! I like blueberries, but they sound a little mild. I'm looking for something deeper... cherries for instance if I could find fresh sour. But probably blackberries.

I would really like to do a banana mead at some point. Any chance of 5 lbs. bananas at secondary going well with orange blossom? :)

akueck
07-20-2009, 12:45 AM
Bananas seem to be one of those tricky fruits to capture. I would try blackberries first (a very good choice) and perhaps experiment with the bananas on a smaller scale before committing a large batch. If you do use bananas, be sure to peel them first!

Kloekus
07-20-2009, 01:43 PM
I'm looking for something deeper... cherries for instance if I could find fresh sour.


Try to find some morello cherries. In my area they are just harvested at this moment. I have often used them in beers and they give a very nice acid, fresh bite with a deep cherry taste to the beer.

How it will work out in mead? No idea.

Medsen Fey
07-20-2009, 02:17 PM
I like blueberries, but they sound a little mild. I'm looking for something deeper...

That's just a function of quantity (and quality) of fruit. If you use enough, it will have powerful flavor.

Fishbone
07-21-2009, 11:11 AM
I have to agree with what's been said already - I've had great results with blueberries in an orange-blossom mead. Strawberries as well.

capoeirista13
07-21-2009, 12:39 PM
Medsen's last commen is right on the ball. Quantity and quality make a huge difference. And if you can get fresh fruit it is much better than using a juice or something.

skunkboy
07-21-2009, 06:01 PM
If you like orange, you can just throw in zest from a couple of oranges...

steve2md
07-21-2009, 06:25 PM
You could always add a few split open vanilla beans, I have a soft spot for a vanilla orange blossom mead, especially when the florals of the honey come through in the mead well. Otherwise, peaches are in season and go absolutely freaking incredible with citrus honey meads, just use very ripe peaches (NO PITS!!) and plenty of them.

jonalexdeval
07-21-2009, 11:16 PM
These are all good suggestions. Thanks. If I do some kind of berries in secondary, should I mash them after freezing or just throw them in relatively whole? Maybe I should up it to 10 lbs. in secondary.

Peaches are a good idea... I've got to get some small experimental batches going before all the good summer fruit is gone...

capoeirista13
07-22-2009, 09:21 AM
Mash them, smush them up real good. 10 lbs is a pretty good amount.