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Thread: Yew Berry Mead (Taxus Mead recipe)

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    Lightbulb Yew Berry Mead (Taxus Mead recipe)

    I'm planning to experiment with a mead recipe based on Yew berries, aka the berries from the Taxus plant / Yew tree. (Though poisonous, the fruitflesh on its own is safe and edible.)
    I've tried some before and they have a texture akin to raspberries, just a lot sweeter so it would make sense to base this recipe on a raspberry mead recipe. They also have a sort of slimey substance slightly similar to honey.

    I will make it a 4 liter recipe for a small container.

    Does anyone have any experience brewing with this fruit?

    Thanks in advance.

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    This will be interesting. Please report your progress.
    In the US it is illegal to cut down this tree without certain permits as there is a moratorium established. It was, at one time used for medicine (cancer I do believe) and was almost brought to extinction. Thus the current regulations.
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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