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Cherry Explosion BOMM

I found and interesting source for cherry wood staves called Beyond Barrels. While they advertise for use in spirits, I thought the cherry wood staves in a cherry mead would be a beautiful blend. Turns out the cherry wood adds the crust element of a cherry pie to the mead. Very tasty! This mead has been loved by all who have tried it. That does not happen often!


Cherry Explosion BOMM - 1 gallon

1. Add 2 lbs of Yaupon Holly Honey to a carboy. This honey has a bit of a cherry note to it.

2. Add 1/2 tsp pectinase (Optional).

3. Add 1/8 tsp K2CO3 and 0.4 tsp Fermaid K. One time only. 

4. Add 0.7 tsp of Fermaid O. Add again at 1.100 & 1.060.

5. Add Knudsen’s tart cherry juice to ~half a gallon. 

6. Shake/swirl like hell to dissolve honey and aerate. 

7. Add more Knudsen’s tart cherry juice to 1/2 cup shy of 1 gallon. 

8. Add 1 stave of Beyond Barrels cherry wood. 

9. Place carboy and an activated smack pack of Wyeast 1388 in a 70 F temperature controlled chamber for 2 hours, then pitch the yeast. This equilibrates the yeast and must temperatures to avoid shocking the yeast. 

10. After it reaches a stable gravity (~1.010), add 1 whole vanilla bean (optional). Allow to infuse for 2 weeks. 

11. Cold crash until clear and bottle. 

12. When ready to serve, drink as an aperitif or mix half and half with carbonated water, champagne or a sparkling dry mead as a summer quencher. 



SG 1.132

FG 1.010

ABV ~16%


by denardb on May 15, 2019, 12:42 p.m.