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Offline brentski29

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Prickly pear substitute?
« on: June 29, 2010, 07:48:01 AM »
I want to give mead a try, and Charlie papazian's prickly pear mead recipe really caught my interest.  The only problem... I can find prickly pear anywhere (here in Michigan) this time of year.  Is there a good substitute or should I wait until prickly pear become available?

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Re: Prickly pear substitute?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010, 12:00:25 PM »
I guess you'll have to wait.  My cactus fruits are at least a month from being ripe, maybe even 2 months.  Can you get cactus fruit in Michigan?
I'd really just rather be brewing in sunny Carlsbad New Mexico

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Re: Prickly pear substitute?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2010, 02:45:16 PM »
If you just can't wait & money is no object... then you could try using this stuff. I used a small bottle a few years back to suppliment my prickly pear mead's aroma & color. Makes good BBQ sauce too!!!  8)

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