Blackberry Mead

25 Feb

My nephew wanted to make some more blackberry mead, so we followed Jack Keller’s recipe and tended it carefully and then then waited and racked it and waited and got delayed and finally got around to bottling it this weekend.

mead

I gathered my bottles and washed them.

washing wine bottles

I did fifteen bottles because that’s all the corks I had left (oops).  Some of these I have used two or three times before as you can see by the labels crossed out and new things added.

clean wine bottles

Brandon came out and we used the autosiphon to fill our bottles.  It is a beautiful red color.  If I had been smart, I would have found a clear bottle to show you.

autosiphon and carboy

filling bottle with mead

Then it was time to cork them.

wine corks

The corker I have is pretty basic, and it’s really hard to control the depth of the cork, but Brandon did quite well.

corking mead

corking wine

corked bottles

We still have the gallon carboy to do after my mom picks up more corks for me.

gallon carboy of mead

Then we just have to wait two or three years for it to age.  Mead is not something to try if you are an impatient person.

LInking to Clever Chick’s Blog Hop, Monday Mellow YellowsRuby Tuesday 2, and Creative Blog Hop.

38 Responses to “Blackberry Mead”

  1. Dolly Sarrio February 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Very creative! I have never learned how to do any of that. I love your bottles and the corks are pretty! Thanks Teresa for linking up to The Creative Blog Hop! You have a very creative talented family.

    • Teresa February 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks. We have had a lot of fun making wine and mead together. 🙂

  2. TexWisGirl February 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    wow. that’s a long wait. not sure i could do it. but i always like how you have helpers with this task. 🙂

    • Teresa February 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      It really was my nephews that had the idea to make wine/mead. It’s been a fun family project. They probably wouldn’t be able to wait, but it’s in my basement. That makes it easier. 🙂

  3. Barbara F. February 25, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    This must be delicious.xo

    • Teresa February 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      The last batch we made was really good. That’s why we tried it again with a bigger batch.

  4. Animalcouriers February 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Blackberry Meade – haven’t heard about it before but will have to find out more. It sounds like a long time to wait though.

    • Teresa February 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      It is basically blackberry wine, but using honey instead of sugar makes it mead. It does have a really good flavor (if you can wait). 😉

  5. Texan February 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    mmmm Yummmmmy! Would love to do this!

    • Teresa February 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

      It really is very good!

  6. artmusedog and Carol February 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Fascinating post and photos for RT2 ^_^

    • Teresa February 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Thanks. You never know what you’re going to find when you stop by here.

  7. Dancing Aspens Farm February 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    Wow! What a project, I bet it sure tastes great though!

    • Teresa February 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

      It is a really good recipe. Of course, I’ll have to let you know in a couple of years how this particular batch turned out. 🙂

  8. Stewart M February 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    I well remembered walk that I took with my wife ended in us filling our lunch boxes with hedgerow gathered black-berries on the way down from a hill top in the north of England. The blackberries here are a weed plant, and the dont get enough rain to get good fruit.

    nice post.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    • Teresa February 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

      Thanks. The blackberries we used were from my uncle’s home in Oregon. The last batch we made had store bought fruit, and it was really good.

  9. Liz February 26, 2013 at 4:37 am #

    Wonder how it tastes. Happy RT2.

    My entries:
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    Liz (mot)

    • Teresa February 26, 2013 at 6:35 am #

      It is pretty good-dry but with a sweet honey flavor.

  10. Maria @ LSS February 26, 2013 at 4:38 am #

    How creative!

    • Teresa February 26, 2013 at 6:36 am #

      Thanks. The boys really wanted to try mead

  11. Candy Conrad February 26, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    Oh my, I would be hard pressed to wait that long! I LOVE mead!! 🙂

    • Teresa February 26, 2013 at 6:36 am #

      It’s pretty easy to forget once its in the rack. 🙂

  12. lina@womens perspectives February 26, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    It’s my first time to know about blackberry mead 🙂

    • Teresa February 26, 2013 at 8:47 am #

      I didn’t really know about it until my nephew decided he wanted to try making some. It’s been a lot of fun.

  13. EG CameraGirl , Canada February 26, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    I didn’t realize it takes mead so long to age! I have a new appreciation for it.

    • Teresa February 26, 2013 at 8:46 am #

      It has the longest aging time of any of the wines/mead we’ve made. Good things come to those who wait! 🙂

  14. Coloring Outside the Lines February 26, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    My dh makes wine- but he hasn’t tried mead..that sounds like such a long wait!

    • Teresa February 26, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      It is a long wait, but it is worth it!

  15. Bev February 26, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Now, Blackberry mead might be just what I need to take my mind of this smashed finger!! Please send a case! LOL!

    • Teresa February 26, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      It would definitely make you forget the finger! Hope it heals quickly. 🙂

  16. Terra February 26, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    The berry mead is going to taste fabulous but how hard to wait. We have made berry wines and beer, years ago, that tasted delicious. I enjoyed your previous post too and your photos of your animals.

    • Teresa February 26, 2013 at 11:02 am #

      Thanks. I hope we have a good apple crop this year, so we can make more wine.

  17. Jenny Matlock February 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    I rarely drink but I totally love the idea and color of this!

    • Teresa February 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks. It’s an easy drink. 🙂

  18. Chubskulit Rose February 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    I love your second shot!

    Hopping here from Ruby Tuesday.
    Ruby Cheers
    Your comment is always appreciated.

    • Teresa February 27, 2013 at 7:29 am #

      Thanks for stopping by.

  19. Mimi Foxmorton February 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Oh honey…….save a bottle for Beaverstock! 🙂

    • Teresa February 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      Beaverstock 2015. Got it! I’m pretty sure I can hide a bottle from the boys.

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