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I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby usmcruz » Sat May 14, 2011 6:19 am

I just bought 14 pounds of orange blossom honey, and the wife wants me to make a cranberry mead. I looked in all the mead books that I have, and they all have conflicting recipes (different amounts of honey) for a sweet mead with cranberries which is what Im shooting. Ive made made mead in the past, but it was on the drier side. Anyone have a good recipe, they would like to share?
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby hwasone » Sat May 14, 2011 7:09 am

usmcruz wrote:I just bought 14 pounds of orange blossom honey, and the wife wants me to make a cranberry mead. I looked in all the mead books that I have, and they all have conflicting recipes (different amounts of honey) for a sweet mead with cranberries which is what Im shooting. Ive made made mead in the past, but it was on the drier side. Anyone have a good recipe, they would like to share?


Check BYO/Zymurgy back issues. One of the clubs from MSP area had a number of strong mead makers giving good recipe advice. I've made a couple batches, and even when they finish sweet, they dry out over time. I suggest letting fermentation go to completion, then hitting the mead with sulfites before backsweetening to get it where you want it.

...ps, busting my tokyo fermentation cherry tomorrow with a ginger mead (or maybe braggot)
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby turbo_ale » Sat May 14, 2011 2:11 pm

WLP720 liquid yeast, use two.
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby usmcruz » Sat May 14, 2011 7:19 pm

turbo_ale wrote:WLP720 liquid yeast, use two.




Does this ferment out leaving residual sweetness?
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby usmcruz » Sat May 14, 2011 7:30 pm

Hey Gr8hnbrewer, where you at brother! :)
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby tookalisten » Sun May 15, 2011 7:18 am

Cruz -
go over to the Gotmead.com forum; they have a recipe section and have a few cranberry mead recipes posted.
One of their Admins - Oskaar - used to post here some; maybe drop him an email too.
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby usmcruz » Sun May 15, 2011 12:06 pm

tookalisten wrote:Cruz -
go over to the Gotmead.com forum; they have a recipe section and have a few cranberry mead recipes posted.
One of their Admins - Oskaar - used to post here some; maybe drop him an email too.




Yeah, I registered over on the gotmead website, and was trying to get the "trusted" recipe for a orange blossom mead, and it said I had to pay the $25 annual fee to view it. I dont need a mead recipe that bad! :) . I went with 18 pounds of honey, and two packets of 71B-1122. I couldnt get my hands on that WLP-720.
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby tookalisten » Sun May 15, 2011 2:52 pm

I used to visit that site quite often; but have not been there in a long time. I could not remember my log-in; but you are right, there is now a patron fee to get the details.
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby usmcruz » Sun May 15, 2011 7:10 pm

Looks like my mead has taken off, and in about 4 weeks I will add the cranberries. Question though, how much cranberries should I add to a 5 gallon batch. Is two pounds too much?
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby turbo_ale » Sun May 15, 2011 9:13 pm

usmcruz wrote:
turbo_ale wrote:WLP720 liquid yeast, use two.

Does this ferment out leaving residual sweetness?

Yes
ON TAP:
1. 1C
2. 4B
3.
4.
5.
6.
Bottled: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, 16B, 18B, 18E, 19B, 20, 21A, 23, 27
Fermenting:
Next: 5C

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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby fossilsrocks » Mon May 16, 2011 3:39 am

Cruz, I just have to ask: Why would you make a cranberry mead out of orange blossom honey? I'm concerned that the orange blossom character will be overwhelmed by the cranberries.
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Re: Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby usmcruz » Mon May 16, 2011 5:56 am

fossilsrocks wrote:Cruz, I just have to ask: Why would you make a cranberry mead out of orange blossom honey? I'm concerned that the orange blossom character will be overwhelmed by the cranberries.



All the recipes i looked at used orange blossom. Clover and wildflower had too strong of a flavor and didnt seem it would.of jived with the a cranberry flavor added to it later. Orange blossom seemed light enough that whatever fruit added to it would shine through. Plus these honeys were the only ones available to me locally.
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby fossilsrocks » Mon May 16, 2011 8:13 am

Orange blossom honey has a distinct & very pleasant character. It generally costs considerably more than clover or wildflower honey. I think most would consider clover and wildflower honey to be more neutrally flavored than orange blossom honey. I wouldn't worry about whether the cranberries will be able to "Shine through" any of these honey types. Having said all that, I think it'll work just fine; I just wonder if a more neutral honey would have been a better choice.
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby usmcruz » Mon May 16, 2011 11:23 am

fossilsrocks wrote:Or I think most would consider clover and wildflower honey to be more neutrally flavored than orange blossom honey.




Now correct me if Im wrong, but in my mind when I think "neutral" I think of a more delicate honey like orange blossom, not clover or wildflower which has a more pungent taste and aroma. What do you mean when you say neutral? Is neutral a honey that when it ferments out becomes pretty mild? I would think a strong tasting honey flavor would transfer over into the finished product.
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Re: I need a cranberry mead recipe

Postby fossilsrocks » Tue May 17, 2011 3:54 am

Wild flower & clover honey are what most of us think of as classic honey flavor. They are certainly the most common, and are likely what we grew up with. Single source varietal honey types like orange blossom, raspberry blossom, etc... are much more expensive & rare; and I think of them as having distinct, specific, and somewhat unusual characters. Everyone's tastes are different, but I am genuinely surprised that you have the opposite take on honey flavors than I do. You have a champagne level taste in honey!
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