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Kiba
02-20-2014, 03:35 PM
So after taste-checking my first two batches of Joe's Ancient Orange, I really want to make a half-gallon of an apple-mead/cyser/melomel.

The problem is, almost all of the apple mead recipes I've seen require either using cider or pressing the apples for the juice. I'm thinking of just cutting up about three Pink Lady apples and sticking them in the must, so would it be a melomel instead of a cyser?

kchaystack
02-20-2014, 03:44 PM
I think it is just semantics, really.

It is easier for me to just use apple juice/cider. No need to worry about all the mushy mess.





So after taste-checking my first two batches of Joe's Ancient Orange, I really want to make a half-gallon of an apple-mead/cyser/melomel.

The problem is, almost all of the apple mead recipes I've seen require either using cider or pressing the apples for the juice. If I just cut up some apples and stick them in the must, would it be a melomel instead of a cyser?

I'm not saying I don't want to use apple juice (or press the Pink Lady apples I just bought for the apple mead), it's just that most people say some variation of "cyser uses apples OR apple juice," and yet all of the recipes I've seen involve apple juice or cider exclusively. It's confusing that people give an option without actually using the option, so should I just cut up the apples and stick them into my must?

mmclean
02-20-2014, 04:28 PM
Why not just buy a half gallon of apple juice? I don't think you'll get anything from apple slices.

Kiba
02-20-2014, 05:48 PM
So I changed my google search to "mead with cut up apples" and ended up with this recipe (http://www.stormthecastle.com/mead/mead-recipes.htm) that used apples instead of juice or pulp.

About an hour ago, I cut up a couple of apples and managed to fit just under two apples and just over a liter of must into the half-gallon jug. It started fizzing within minutes, so that's definitely a good sign. My main problem is that the apples take up about a third of the gallon, so I don't know how concentrated it'll be. I guess I could fix the problem by removing a few of the apple pieces and topping it off with more water/juice after a week. Or watering it down before I bottle it.