This is me turning the honey extractor to get the honey off the racks.
And while honey is a really important ingredient in Mead you might be making a melomel that has something delicious in it like a fruit! Well, that's a pretty darn important ingredient too! And getting it fresh is a good thing to do.
Well, now to the story here. A web visitor who contributes to this mead site made a batch of Raspberry mead from my recipe here. And he and his wife loved it so much that they had to start a Raspberrry Garden where they would have a fresh supply of Raspberies! YUP!
My thanks go to Jamie for his contribution and this great raspberry garden pic! Below the pic is what he has to say about the garden.
Attached is a photo of the raspberry garden from this past spring. The story behind it .. in the spring of 2011 I found wild raspberry plants growing next to my house where the birds that frequent my feeders had "planted" them.
Instead of just ripping them out, I transplanted them into an old vegetable garden that had been neglected for years and was overgrown. In late spring I had harvested a decent amount of raspberries and made a 1 gallon batch from the recipe on your site.
It's the best meade we have tasted. Its almost like a raspberry brandy!
So this spring I weeded the garden and put in trelllis lines. I got a decent amount of raspberries, but then the birds discovered them. So I will need need bird netting for next year! So I went out and picked 4 quarts of raspberries and froze them and will make some more over the winter! I got 1 gallon of black raspberry from my garden and 1 gallon of red raspberry I made with store bought raspberries that I bottled mid-september. Almost time to try some out
HERES THE RECIPE:
Sweet Raspberry Mead (Makes 1 Gallon)
Yeast: EC-1118 (1 packet)
1 Gallon Spring Water
4.5 pounds wildflower honey
1.5 pounds red raspberries
The juice from 1 lemon
The juice from 1 lime
3 Tablespoons of strong english tea (Brew it strong and use 3 tablespoons of the brew)
1 teaspoon of yeast nutrient
Pretty straight forward instructions for this mead. Was the food ingredients before using and crush the raspberries. I froze them for a day before using them so they would break down and release their flavor easier. I thawed them out for the morning, crushed them and added them when I made the mead in the afternoon. Simply add all the ingredients into your mixing carboy then pitch the yeast. Leave extra headroom at the top of the bottle because all the ingredients will cause extra bubbling.
And here is a batch of my Raspberry mead churning like crazy
Make a peach or pineapple fruit mead
If you have always wanted to make a fruit mead (melomel) you might want to check this tutorial out. I take you through the whole process from start to finish including bottling. Make a Peach or Pineapple Melomel
How about some still sealed bottles of mead that are 64 years old? Yup, I have pictures right here. And.... this meadery is long defunct. If you know a little bit about mead you might want to take a look. Maybe you can offer some insight into it. I am looking for help with these beauties. Check out the Guval Mead
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