Mellow Mel
Specifics
Reference
Style:
Brew Date: September 23, 2010
Tap Date: December 25, 2011
Yield: 6 gallons
Reference
Color (SRM/EBC):
3/5.9
Calories: 271 (12 ounces)
Conditioning: Keg
ABV: 9.9%
ABW: 7.7%
Batch No: 23-2010
OG: 1.084
OG (Plato): 20.22° P
Target OG: 1.084
Reading 1: 1.020  (28 days)
Reading 2: 1.006  (45 days)
FG: 1.010
FG (Plato): 2.56° P
Target FG: 1.010
Real Extract: 5.75° P
App. Atten.: 87.3%
Real Atten.: 71.6%
General Information
Method: Other
Comments

Honey used:

  • 9 lbs of Clover
  • 6 lbs of Wildflower

Added 1 tablespoon of yeast energizer at pitching. Will add energizer at periodic intervals throughout fermentation.

Fermentation seems to have stalled at 1.036. Added a fresh charge of yeast and energizer. If that doesn't work, I'll need to check the PH to see if it's too low/high and adjust accordingly (October 10, 2010).

Did the trick. Racked to secondary over 8 lbs of Rader Farms Nature's Three Berries from Costco - mix of raspberries, blueberries, and marionberries. Added 3 tsp. potassium sorbate (November 15, 2010).

Racked to glass tertiary to age for at least 6 months, probably more. Color is purplish-red. Taste is a bit tart with alcohol up front and a definite berry character taking a back seat. The aging should do it good (March 15, 2011).

Bottled with half going to be still and half sparkling. Tasted the still at racking and the flavor has matured a bit. Tartness is gone with a distinct flavor of honey and berries melding together. I was going to bottle in larger wine bottles, but reconsidered in favor of smaller beer bottles. Should be no issue with bottle conditioning in any case (November 21, 2011).

Ingredients
15.00 pounds Honey  
8.00 pounds Fruit - Blackberries, Raw or Frozen  
Equipment Profile

5 Gallon/19 Liter Kettle

Batch Size: 5.00 gallons Boil Volume: 4.00 gallons
Evaporation Rate: 9.00% per hour Mash Tun Dead Space: 0.25 gallons
Efficiency: 72% Mash Tun Weight: 5.00 pounds
Hop Utilization: 100% Mash Tun Volume: 5.00 gallons
Loss: 0.25 gallons Mash Tun Specific Heat: 0.12 Cal/gram per °C
Water Profile

Denver, Colorado

Calicum: 31.5 ppm
Bicarbonate: 104 ppm
Sulfate: 50.8 ppm
Chloride: 23.5 ppm
Sodium: 21.4 ppm
Magnesium: 8.5 ppm
PH: 7.8%
Fermentation
Primary: 21 days @ 68° F
Secondary: 42 days @ 68° F
Age: 365 days @ 52° F
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Awards & Competitions
Entry Name: Mellow Mel
Competition: Rocky Mountain Homebrew Club Challenge
Date: Nov 9, 2013
Style: Other Fruit Melomel
Place: 3rd (Bronze)
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