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Probably better off calling it a Black Agnes "clone". I'm pretty convinced there'd be no way to recreate Heart of Darkness without having access to the Schramm estate fruit, which obviously no one does.
I don't care what you call it. I would love to (try to) re-create either one!
 
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Not enough fruit, Schramm's doesn't use juice, concentrate or pits. You will need about 12 pounds of real fresh fruit per gallon of mead, most likely 4 lbs of honey per gallon of spring water.

I used 33 lbs of fruit, red raspberries, black currants and balaton cherries for a THREE gallon batch. It's missing the schaerbeek cherriness if that's even a word, but balaton's are close, this came close, a little heavy on the raspberry and that was the least amount of fruit that I used, maybe 6 lbs, but you can ask abawol01, it's pretty solid, and you can still taste honey, which I think gets lost in HoD.

 
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Not enough fruit, Schramm's doesn't use juice, concentrate or pits. You will need about 12 pounds of real fresh fruit per gallon of mead, most likely 4 lbs of honey per gallon of spring water.

I used 33 lbs of fruit, red raspberries, black currants and balaton cherries for a THREE gallon batch. It's missing the schaerbeek cherriness if that's even a word, but balaton's are close, this came close, a little heavy on the raspberry and that was the least amount of fruit that I used, maybe 6 lbs, but you can ask abawol01, it's pretty solid, and you can still taste honey, which I think gets lost in HoD.

ISO!

Do you slice/mash the fruit to open them up or just toss them in whole?
 
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Not enough fruit, Schramm's doesn't use juice, concentrate or pits. You will need about 12 pounds of real fresh fruit per gallon of mead, most likely 4 lbs of honey per gallon of spring water.

I used 33 lbs of fruit, red raspberries, black currants and balaton cherries for a THREE gallon batch. It's missing the schaerbeek cherriness if that's even a word, but balaton's are close, this came close, a little heavy on the raspberry and that was the least amount of fruit that I used, maybe 6 lbs, but you can ask abawol01, it's pretty solid, and you can still taste honey, which I think gets lost in HoD.

ISO: this mead.
 

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Not enough fruit, Schramm's doesn't use juice, concentrate or pits. You will need about 12 pounds of real fresh fruit per gallon of mead, most likely 4 lbs of honey per gallon of spring water.

I used 33 lbs of fruit, red raspberries, black currants and balaton cherries for a THREE gallon batch. It's missing the schaerbeek cherriness if that's even a word, but balaton's are close, this came close, a little heavy on the raspberry and that was the least amount of fruit that I used, maybe 6 lbs, but you can ask abawol01, it's pretty solid, and you can still taste honey, which I think gets lost in HoD.

Holy fuck dude.
 
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Not enough fruit, Schramm's doesn't use juice, concentrate or pits. You will need about 12 pounds of real fresh fruit per gallon of mead, most likely 4 lbs of honey per gallon of spring water.

I used 33 lbs of fruit, red raspberries, black currants and balaton cherries for a THREE gallon batch. It's missing the schaerbeek cherriness if that's even a word, but balaton's are close, this came close, a little heavy on the raspberry and that was the least amount of fruit that I used, maybe 6 lbs, but you can ask abawol01, it's pretty solid, and you can still taste honey, which I think gets lost in HoD.

ISO. Sounds incredible!
 

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Not enough fruit, Schramm's doesn't use juice, concentrate or pits. You will need about 12 pounds of real fresh fruit per gallon of mead, most likely 4 lbs of honey per gallon of spring water.

I used 33 lbs of fruit, red raspberries, black currants and balaton cherries for a THREE gallon batch. It's missing the schaerbeek cherriness if that's even a word, but balaton's are close, this came close, a little heavy on the raspberry and that was the least amount of fruit that I used, maybe 6 lbs, but you can ask abawol01, it's pretty solid, and you can still taste honey, which I think gets lost in HoD.



 
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bigk84 how did your mead turn out? Looks fantastic. Drop me a direct message if you can, would love to pick your brain about it
 
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bigk84 how did your mead turn out? Looks fantastic. Drop me a direct message if you can, would love to pick your brain about it
Came out very nice, but it was significantly dryer than HoD, next batch I would use more honey and change my nutrient schedule. It is still an extremely fruit forward mead, I cracked one the other day and I would brew it again as is too. PM me anytime, I'm rarely on here but happy to chat about homebrew/mead/beer etc.
 
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