I cleaned out the freezer of all the mixed, frozen fruit and put together a batch like this on 12/6:
- 3 lbs honey
- 48 oz mixed frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, melon)
- 48 oz concord grape juice
- Lalvin D47 yeast - 1 pkg re-hydrated
I squashed all the fruit as best I could, mixed the honey and juice in, aerated vigorously at room temperature, re-hydrated the yeast and pitched it at room temperature (adding a little energizer and nutrient) before sealing it in a 2 gallon fermenting pail. After a day, no bubbles in the airlock. I popped it open and found a real thick cap which I carefully stirred back in noticing a little foam underneath added more energizer and nutrient. 48 hours after I started still no bubbles in the airlock so I stirred again. Lots of foam under the cap. 72 hours after I started, no bubbles so I thought maybe the pail wasn't sealing tight but it looked OK. I stirred again. Lots and lots of foam under the cap. Finally, on 12/9, I added a little more nutrient and energizer but I stirred a LOT of air into the must. Probably stirred for 8-10 minutes before I buttoned it all back up. The airlock slowly bubbled for a day before getting quiet again.
Oh yeah...starting SG was 1.152
Over the last couple of weeks, here's the SG readings. I transferred to a glass carboy on Christmas Day after scooping out the floating fruit pieces since the cap had dissipated quite a bit. There's still a lot of fruit bits suspended but they came through the tubing I used without any trouble. I added about 2/3 cup water to top off the carboy.
12/6 - 1.152
12/9 - 1.085
12/11 - 1.062
12/17 - 1.030
12/25 - 1.015
It tastes fruity but dry. My wife turned her nose and said it tasted like alcohol.
I know it's a busy time of the year for everyone but I was wondering if anyone had thoughts on this batch and if I'm sort of on the right track. I have a couple of jugs of good old JOAM that seem to be doing OK but this one took a little more work. My goal is to get this one sweeter at some point but I'm not sure what the next steps are except to wait!