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  1. Default newbee looking for advice

    Hello all, new to the mead making world about to put on my first batch of blackberry melomel this is my idea
    10 pounds fresh local honey (my own)
    5 pounds frozen blackberries
    Kv 1116 yeast I think that's what it
    4 cups sugar
    Mixed up to 4 gal
    My questions are do I need to add any nutrient to it with the berries and if so just use nutrient or to use tea leaves(heard can do that but don't know what it will do to flavor) and whether to split the berries between the first two racks? Thanks in advance for getting me pointed in the right direction.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Tennessee Valley


    Hi Ronnd,

    First I'd like to welcome you to gotmead?...


    If you haven't already, I would suggest reading through the NewBee Guide found in the left hand tool bar.

    Next using the search tool can be very helpful. Search under "blackberry" and you will find some top notch recipes (I'm not sure but, you my be a little lite on the blackberry for primary addition with KV 1116).

    Search under "nutrients" and and you will find many post on nutrient protocol for melomels.

    Search hint: search under posts rather than treads when searching a subject.

    I'm sure the experts will be able to help with the nutrients but I think it's safe to say you can leave out the tea leaves with melomels (search "tea leaves" to learn why).
    “Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime!”

    slàinte mhath

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    UK - South Coast.


    The tea is often there for the tannin.....

    And for a 5 gallon batch, I'd increase the honey and the fruit - and dump the sugar....


    here's me home brewing blog (if anyones interested....)
    and don't forget
    What the large print giveth, the small print taketh away! Tom Waits.....

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    San Francisco, CA


    Quote Originally Posted by fatbloke View Post
    And for a 5 gallon batch, I'd increase the honey and the fruit - and dump the sugar....
    Ditto getting rid of the sugar. If you need more, just juice some blackberries or add more honey.

    Good luck!
    Find what you like, and hone it to perfection.

    And don't serve dodgy mead!

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