Added 1 tablespoon of yeast energizer at pitching. Will add energizer at periodic intervals throughout fermentation.
Fermentation seems to have stalled at 1.036. Added a fresh charge of yeast and energizer. If that doesn't work, I'll need to check the PH to see if it's too low/high and adjust accordingly (October 10, 2010).
Did the trick. Racked to secondary over 8 lbs of Rader Farms Nature's Three Berries from Costco - mix of raspberries, blueberries, and marionberries. Added 3 tsp. potassium sorbate (November 15, 2010).
Racked to glass tertiary to age for at least 6 months, probably more. Color is purplish-red. Taste is a bit tart with alcohol up front and a definite berry character taking a back seat. The aging should do it good (March 15, 2011).
Bottled with half going to be still and half sparkling. Tasted the still at racking and the flavor has matured a bit. Tartness is gone with a distinct flavor of honey and berries melding together. I was going to bottle in larger wine bottles, but reconsidered in favor of smaller beer bottles. Should be no issue with bottle conditioning in any case (November 21, 2011).
|8.00 pounds||Fruit - Blackberries, Raw or Frozen|