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rugger
06-24-2005, 04:02 PM
I was reading a posting on “tell me about berries” and briankeltering mentioned that he is mainly using juices. I have several questions about this approach. What are the conversions / amounts used? What type of juices should be used? Concentrates or Bottled? Also this seems like an approach, which would cut down the risk of contamitation a great deal.

Thanks everyone for all the info

rugger
06-24-2005, 04:05 PM
"Contaminations" sorry for the spelling error

briankettering
06-24-2005, 04:31 PM
I have had some great success using just fruit juice to make my melomels.

In fact, any one who has made a cyser or perry knows how well a mead can be made with juice.

You can use any juice that you want to make the melomel. I have used juice from apples, pears, grapes, black mulberries, elderberries, lemons, strawberries, plums, and pomegranates.

Bottled juice will work well as long as two things exist:
1) the fluid is 100% juice (none of this "Contains 11% real fruit juice" :()
2) the juice contains no preservatives.

If you have juice concentrate, re-hydrate as per manufacturer's instructions. The juice should have a typical specific gravity of 1.035 to 1.050.

I like making my juice the hard way - straight from the fruit. It can be a long, labor-intensive process, but it is well worth it.

You will need a LOT of fruit to obtain enough juice to do brewing. I am blessed to have a number of friends with fruit trees in their yards who share their bounty.

In general, a pound of fruit will result in 3/4 cup to 1 1/4 cup of juice.
- 100 pounds of grapes resulted in 4 1/2 gallons of juice
- A pound of frozen raspberries resulted in 1 cup of juice
- a full flat of overripe strawberries (16 pint containers) resulted in 1 1/2 gallons of juice
- and 40 pounds of lemons resulted in 2 gallons of juice.

Brian K

rugger
06-24-2005, 07:14 PM
I appreciate your time and the feed back brian. I am new to the hobby and I am trying to absorb as much info as possible, so I can figure out the best approach.
I made about 20 mistakes my first attempt so I am going to plan my next brew instead of winging it.