View Full Version : Cranberries, Blueberries and Mead, oh my ...

02-23-2005, 12:22 PM
Iíve been reading up on making mead for a while, and Iíve helped a friend make a few batches. Been meaning to start my own, and recently I was inspired by one of my favorite beverages: the cape cod (my special version). Blueberry juice, cranberry juice, vodka (about 40/40/20). My problem is that Iím not experienced enough to guess at what would be a good recipe to follow for mead, and what proportions I should use. I can get a good blueberry honey from a friend of a friend, and have organic 100% juice in blueberry and cranberry. Frozen blueberries already in the freezer, and a place I can get decent fresh ones. Iím addicted to tea, and have a flavored tea with cranberry, orange and rose for the tannins. Do I need to add lemon, or is the cranberry acid enough? Iím thinking about a wine yeast, because of all the sugar in the juice ... any suggestions? A 3 gallon batch is what Iím looking for, with a bit more to start due to racking losses and etc. Any ideas would be swell, and if you can anticipate any problems that would be great too as I donít even know what questions to ask at this point.
Thank you!

02-23-2005, 12:42 PM
Part of the fun of meadmaking is experimenting with recipies. You can try to fine tune it, or try to make it different every time.

Here's my 2 cents though. I recently made a 1 gallon batch of blueberry - I used about 2 and 1/2 lbs of honey, fermented for a couple weeks, then juiced 3 lbs frozen blueberrys and added them to the secondary (its on the brewlog page if you want to check it out). I havent bottled it yet, so I dont know how its going to turn out, but my guess is that it'll be good!

02-23-2005, 06:29 PM
You might want to shoot for 2 to 3 (maybe closer to 2) pounds of honey per gallon of water. I tend to add 2 to 3 pounds of fruit per gallon, and as I mentioned, I juice them. I tend to use wine or mead yeast, but there are some other threads in which people talk about possibly using beer yeast if you want residual sugars and sweetness.

02-23-2005, 08:09 PM
And don't forget, unless you know what you are doing is going to work use baby steps. It's easy to add more, impossible to take out.