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jayich
05-27-2010, 05:36 PM
I have started a berry melomel(see brewlog) with orange blossom honey and RC212 yeast and plan to add berries in the secondary. However, I am thinking of racking off 1 gallon to make a small batch of traditional mead but I am unsure if RC212, which is a pinot noir yeast, might produce esters,etc. which may clash with the flavor the orange blossom honey. Has anyone tried this?

Medsen Fey
05-27-2010, 06:40 PM
If you do an advanced search of titles-only using the term "yeast test" (with the parentheses), it will bring you several yeast tests that have included RC212. Akueck has a test with OB (http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13980&highlight=yeast+test) honey that he might be able to give an update on.

akueck
05-27-2010, 07:07 PM
I've also done a sage blossom traditional (http://www.gotmead.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11228) with RC-212, if memory serves. ;)

I really need to do another mead tasting with the 4 strains I tried (last time I got a little too tipsy). But, the RC-212 did not overpower the honey at all. It does give some unique aromas compared to the other strains, but nothing that I'd consider out of the norm. (I don't have enough left to ship any, but if someone wants to make a trip to Oaktown I can usually be convinced to open a bottle or eight.)

jayich
05-27-2010, 07:18 PM
Thanks Medsen and akueck for the info. I may try it- I just have to decide how much berry melomel I want.