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U2M - Dean's Memorial Mead

purple sphere Brewed: November 7, 1996   Bottled: May 3, 1997 blue sphere

In memory of our friend Dean. Rest in Peace. Apple and choke cherry. Very tart. This one took many years to mellow out.


Started honey with 1 gallon of apple juice. Another gallon was started to heat in a seperate kettle. The plain apple juice was brought to 170 F and kept hot for 15 minutes. Then it was removed from the heat and a third gallon was started. As the must heated, the Irish Moss was added and scum was skimmed. When it got to 170 F the slightly mushed choke cherries were added, and the temperature was brought back up. In the meantime the second gallon of plain apple juice reached 180 F and after 15 minutes it was removed from the heat. The must chiller went into the big kettle, and when the temperature was back up to 170 F it was kept hot for 20 minutes. Then it was cooled to 70 F and poured into the plastic fermenter. The must chiller was used to cool the warmest gallon of plain juice to 70 F and it was added to the bucket. Then the rest of apple juice was added while still a bit warmer. The yeast starter and yeast nutrient was stirred into the rehydrating yeast before it was pitched into the 80 F must, and enough water was added to make 5.5 gallons.

November 14, 1996 - Racked, SG 1.014 @ 60 F
January 16, 1997 - Racked, SG 1.002
May 3, 1997 - Boiled corn sugar with 1 c water. Poured sugar water into a plastic bucket and then racked onto the sugar water. Then it was bottled.

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