View Full Version : Pineapple Melomel

08-14-2004, 01:53 PM
Has anyone ever done a pineapple melomel?

I found an old recipe (not mine) and I'm thinking of trying it out. I would want to use fresh pineapple rather than just the juice, and I'm not sure about the tea amount or need for the tea.

Here's what I found:

5 Gallon Batch:

10 lbs. clover or wildflower honey
3 gal pineapple juice
3 cups tea
1 packet Champagne yeast,
2 gal water

Boil water for 1/2 hr. Add honey, off the heat, and stir in well.

Add tea. Boil for 20 min. skimming off scum. Cool to 96 degrees F.

Make your yeast starter.

Add pineapple juice to 5 gal carboy, then pour in cooled must.

Pitch yeast.

Use a blow-off tube initially as primary fermentation may be vigorous.

Rack until clear.

Any ideas would be welcome.



08-14-2004, 06:09 PM
That recipe will actually make 6 gallons with honey unless you decrease water a gallon. Doesn't sound bad. I think the tea will add a little tannin/astringency which adds to complexity and clearing.

08-16-2004, 01:05 AM
The six gallon thing should be OK now that I have a #load of 6.5 gallon carboys. But I think I'll up the pineapple content a bit and use fresh stuff instead of canned juice.

I'm cleaning carboys today. . . lot's of carboys! Sheesh!


08-16-2004, 01:17 AM
Here's an idea. Add coconut and try to make a pina calada mead. :)

08-16-2004, 04:39 AM
You're treading dangerously into the category of drinks with little umbrellas in them! Don't make me whip out the Beef Jerky Mead and chase you down!


08-16-2004, 04:45 AM
And force me to drink it? I guess you havn't figured out what to do with your beef jerky mead yet since it's not drinkable. ;D

08-16-2004, 05:02 AM

08-16-2004, 05:05 AM
I still haven't figured out what's I should do with it. But I've noticed my German Shorthair has been lusting after the Poodle down the street. I could let him take it down the street for her to try!

Of course he's still on restriction from the last party he threw here. I came home early and caught him red handed. See below:

Also notice in the upper right-hand corner of the picture my St George and the Dragon capped-stein, sitting on a sconce just above my humidor. Mead and Cigars were made for each other!


08-16-2004, 05:07 AM

A drinking horn with a cute little pastel parasol in it . . . just what are you trying to say about yourself Norsk?? LOL

That's a pretty funny pic though!


08-16-2004, 05:10 AM
Yeah I whipped it up for you. ;)

I look at those bottles and think to myself "Wow clean em and use em!"

08-16-2004, 05:14 AM
I already have so many bottles I don't know what to do with them all, then I just picked up another 24 carboys at a garage sale so I'm swimming in glassware! And in earthquake country no less.


08-16-2004, 05:19 AM
I may live an hour away from San Francisco but I would delight in getting 2 of your carboys! That's $40 to me at the brew shop. Next time you are in the area let me know!

09-14-2005, 03:22 AM

You ever go through with this one?


11-27-2005, 01:27 PM
Tap Tap Tap. Looks at watch. Tap Tap Tap. Looks at calendar.

Oskaar... did you ever start this batch? Finish it? Drink it? Anything?


11-27-2005, 02:50 PM
Made and drank it.

I used 71B and a fresh pineapple.

Peeled the pineapple and cut out the core and chopped it into pieces and put the skin and core pieces and into a pot and simmered them for about an hour with some water and raw sugar. About 1/2 cup of sugar and a couple cups of water if I remember right.

I added that and the pineapple to the primary along with some clover honey (3 lbs) and some bottled water to 1 gallon. I gave it about 1/2 tsp of tannin (grape) and 1/4 tsp DAP and followed with the same of Fermaid K two days in. I added some pineapple juice when I racked, and it was done pretty quickly. Drank it at a BBQ at my buddies house. No parasols.