Re: My first Melomel - elderberry mead
An update, in the interim, I have racked it a couple of times, added a little honey, and cold crashed it.
Tasting - first tasted, right off the primary (2 weeks), was pretty awful, very much like a solvent. I added honey at that time. At the next racking, it was too sweet, and I was regretting my decision to add honey. The next taste was at the next racking, and it was mellowing, but a little yeasty.That is when I decided to cold crash it (about a week ago). Today I bottled.
Taste today is quite acceptable. The excessive sweetness and the solvent taste has really mellowed. I am surprised what a difference a few weeks aging made. It would certainly benefit from additional aging, but most of it will not survive this Thanksgiving.
Next batch is going to be a raspberry melomel. I might do a 2-gallon dry traditional, keeping one gallon traditional, and putting the raspberries in the second gallon, in the secondary fermentation. We'll see.
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