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Other Fermentables / Cranberry Melomel
« on: December 10, 2014, 02:38:01 PM »
I'm thinking about making a sack-strength cranberry melomel with orange blossom honey. I am looking to have it finish quite sweet to balance out the tartness of the cranberries but haven't figured out the best way to go.

One idea was to substitute some (not sure how much) cranberry juice for water in the must. I'd have to find juice without preservatives or artificial sweeteners, and possibly add some grape tannin at bottling. The other idea was to boil some cranberries to get them to pop open, cool them, and add them to the primary. Again, I'm not sure how much to use. Has anyone tried making a cranberry mead? If so, how did you do it? What worked and what didn't?

Finally, I'm not quite sure what my starting gravity should be, as I've never made anything this strong before. I usually use 71B, which has a stated alcohol tolerance around 14%. I've been able to get it up  to around 15 with SNA. Can I expect more if I feed it more honey a few days into the fermentation? Should I plan on using a different yeast?

Thanks in advance!

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