Cherry Bomb! Hydromel

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SKU# 6330

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Take a refreshing mead, infuse it with the power of an M-80 filled with ripe Bing, Lambert and Royal Anne cherries and watch the sparks fly. Clover honey explodes with semi-sweet, bright fruit flavor through a brilliant, sparkling red pint that can run circles around a Shirley Temple. Well-balanced, the 7.5% ABV finishes dry with an extra bang from champagne-like effervescence. Fit for any season, Cherry Bomb goes down as easy as a summer spritzer yet offers warmth in the waning days of early autumn.
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Cherry Bomb Hydromel Mead Recipe Kit

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Take a refreshing mead, infuse it with the power of an M-80 filled with ripe Bing, Lambert and Royal Anne cherries and watch the sparks fly. Clover honey explodes with semi-sweet, bright fruit flavor through a brilliant, sparkling red pint that can run circles around a Shirley Temple. Well-balanced, the 7.5% ABV finishes dry with an extra bang from champagne-like effervescence. Fit for any season, Cherry Bomb goes down as easy as a summer spritzer yet offers warmth in the waning days of early autumn.

Recipe kit yields 5 gallons.

Aroma: Mild honey sweetness in the backround, cherry aromas are most prevalent.
Appearance: Brilliant clarity with a deep red/maroon hue from the cherries.  Very short lived head when poured - highly carbonated.
Flavor: Semi-dry, very faint sweetness.  Medium to high sweet cherry flavor is dominant flavor. Slight bite to the finish from high carbonation.  Not too sweet, well balanced.  No alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation.  No astringency.
Overall Impression: Enjoyable balance of delicate honey flavors, a slight sweetness, and pleasant cherry notes.
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Its not ready yet but making it is very easy.
September 11, 2016
Yummy
Can't wait to try it
September 13, 2016
Awesome Bomb of Cherries
At first I thought this would not turn out very good having to add a yeast enhancer everyday and then the wait was intense watching this ferment at a steady rate for weeks. then added the cherries and it took off again and seemed to take foreever before I got a chance to get it to the keg. I got one glass and thought wow! this is pretty good. gave a glass to the wife and she loved it. 3 days later I go into the cooler to get a glass out of the keg and it is empty. Wife said it was great! when are you making more? you snooz you lose I guess.
October 1, 2015
I like it so far!
It's important to realize that this is a hydromel and not a high alcohol sack mead. I am excited about brewing this so I have a lighter, fun mead. I poured the mead onto the cherries in my secondary just last weekend. I plan to split the batch. Add vanilla beans to one and possibly ramp up the cherry flavor in the other. Then I'll ponder whether to carbonate or not.
September 8, 2016
Not bad.
It's not sweet (thank goodness) and is delicious carbonated. It's drinking well young, but I'm holding back a number of bottles to see how well it ages.
October 18, 2015
A bit disappointed
The kit did not come close to the yield of 5 gallons. We first checked the OG at the 4.5 gallon mark at were surprised to get a consistent reading of 1.051 using both a hydrometer and a refractometer ... Far short of the lower end (1.056) of the targeted OG. This recipe is far too simple to conclude anything other than the two small containers of honey were not enough to provide for the desired recipe result!!! This was disappointing in that most all of the NB kits we've cooked off (partial and/or all grain) have had good yields, grain utilization results.
October 7, 2015
Not what I expected
I was hoping for something with a little more flavor than what I got as a result from this kit. Tasted two weeks after bottling, one month after and then two months after with what seems to be little improvement. Slightly tart (a good thing) but bland, with little cherry flavor coming through at all. Not to mention the amount of loose sediment in each of my bottles. Definitely a good idea to rack a third time after the secondary fermentation when the cherry puree was added to avoid this.Also, a good thing to note as previously mentioned in the comments. The addition of cherry puree will eat up a LOT of space in the carboy, and racking off that sediment will in fact yield far less than the 5 gallons you might expect to get from this kit. Said sediment is also quite loose, hence my recommendation to rack a third time to make sure you're getting as little in your bottles as possible.Not likely that I'll try this kit again.
November 13, 2015
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My Cherry Bomb has been sitting in secondary for about 2mos , there is a white substance floating on the top that looks like styrofoam. What might it be and should I be concerned? I will be bottling soon hopefully.
Russell L on Oct 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It sounds like your Hydromel grew a pellicle. A pellicle is a thick white substance that typically grows on the top of sour beers during the aging period. It's usually a result of microbes such as Brettanomyces and Pediococcus protecting themselves from too much oxygen exposure. Fortunately, pellicles are harmless and you can rack the Hydromel into a bottling bucket leaving the pellicle behind. What's puzzling is the Hydromel should be Brett and Pedio free. Perhaps the Hydromel has been exposed to either microbe via an old brew in the carboy? You may have inadvertently made a very interesting Hydromel. Grab a wine thief/turkey baster and punch right through the pellicle for a sample. Good luck!!

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