Mead

We picked many bushels of Bartlett pears off of the Poechlauer’s pear tree. We juiced them, and ended up with so much juice Lia made a melomel. Combine all ingredients at room temperature, except the yeast. Add honey slowly, checking the SG until a target SG 1.10 is reached. Let it all sit 24 hours, then add yeast.

2016 Pear Melomel

Bottling notes: After two rackings, the batch yielded just shy of 4 gallons. It had clarified nicely by the time we bottles it, mid December. SG was 1.006, so I think it is 12.5% ethanol. The sweetness is excellent, akin to a reisling or other sweet-ish white wine. You can detect the honey, but the flavor doesn’t overwhelm. It offers a mild amount of dryness, just enough to keep it interesting and allow you to drink with a meal. Next time I would keep the sugar the same (add honey until SG 1.1). If we really must mix it up, I might go dryer, not sweeter.