Ruby Hooker Raspberry Mead

by David

I was reading Charlie Papazian’s “The Homebrewer’s Companion” and while the mead section is relatively short it does have some really good looking recipes in it, the Ruby Hooker Raspberry Mead is no different.  It looked so good I thought I’d give it a try. Josh and I did this one together.

I used the recipe as a guide but imparted my own touch on it so it doesn’t match the book exactly.

Batch Data:

Primary
Vessel
Sweetener
Type
Sweetener
Amount
Yeast Starter
6.5 Gallon bucket Orange blossom Honey ~18.5 lbs. Lavin KIV-1116 1 Gal

Nutrient/ Additives Fruit Added
  • 3/4 tsp Tannin
  • 1 tsp. Yeast Energizer
  • 3 tsp. Yeast Nutrient
  • 2 1/5 tsp. Pectic Enzym
  • 7.5 lb Cherries

Starting Conditions:

Starting Gravity Too drunk to remember
Temperature Too drunk to remember

Ok, before I go any further I should let you know a secret. You probably can guess I drink from time to time; otherwise I wouldn’t be making my own wine. Well the night I mixed up this batch I may have been drinking…a lot.  To make matters worse I mixed everything up around 45 days ago so anything I did have committed to memory but it has since left me.

I feel much better now that I got that off my chest.

So I started the batch by adding the honey to the bucket, then I poured in most of the water and realized there was not going to be room for the raspberries.  I used frozen 12 oz bags, they are cheaper & easier plus freezing breaks down the cell membranes so they yield more juice. I wanted to add like 15 but ran out of room and ended up only being able to fit 12 in the bucket, I poured them in frozen and they thawed while the starter got going.

 

Josh Making Raspberry Mead Josh Making Raspberry Mead

 

Then I added the chemicals: Yeast Energizer, Yeast Nutrient & Pectic Enzyme. I broke it down so the one gallon starter got some additives as well.  This was easy since all the additive bottles tell you what to use for 1 gal.

The starter I just siphoned off some of the mix and added the hydrated yeast to the mix.  I got a little busy and it was like 3-4 days Before I was able to add the starter to the bucket. I was worried that the bucket started to ferment on its own before I got to it but it ended up ok.

Ruby Hooker Raspberry Mead About to add the starter

Pitch The Yeast!

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