Currants in my tap

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Currants in my tap

Postby MrBoy » Tue Jan 03, 2017 14:04

I had the most awful time yesterday trying to rack my redcurrant mead. Currants kept getting stuck in the siphon tube, when I used the tap the hole was the perfect size for a currant to get right inside and block it up, which I couldn't resolve until I took the tap off afterwards. I ended up using loads of tubes, getting my hand in the FV, rousing all the sediment when I dropped the tube in the FV, etc...

How best to avoid these problems?
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Re: Currants in my tap

Postby abeyptfc » Tue Jan 03, 2017 15:05

put the currants in a muslin or put a muslin bag over the end of the syphon tube?
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Re: Currants in my tap

Postby robwalker » Tue Jan 03, 2017 15:18

You could mash the fruit up in a bucket, add Campden and pour boiling water over, then add the yeast after 12-24 hours. A few days fermenting and you can strain the fruit off into a Demi John and add your honey etc.
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Re: Currants in my tap

Postby MrBoy » Tue Jan 03, 2017 15:31

robwalker wrote:You could mash the fruit up in a bucket, add Campden and pour boiling water over, then add the yeast after 12-24 hours. A few days fermenting and you can strain the fruit off into a Demi John and add your honey etc.

I'd had them frozen and threw then in the water I was heating to add to the honey do they got boiled a few minutes... If thought this would make them soft and the yeast would tear then apart, but they retained their form!

Next time I think I will mash or even blend them.

I'd never thought of starting the ferment on the fruit first then adding the honey, there's not much sugar in currants.

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