Clarification and Aging of Fermented Honey Wine

벌꿀 발효주의 청징과 숙성

  • Kim, Dong-Han (Department of Food and Nutrition, Mokpo National University) ;
  • Rhim, Jong-Whan (Department of Food Engineering, Mokpo National University) ;
  • Jung, Soon-Teck (Department of Food Engineering, Mokpo National University)
  • 김동한 (목포대학교 식품영양학과) ;
  • 임종환 (목포대학교 식품공학과) ;
  • 정순택 (목포대학교 식품공학과)
  • Published : 1999.10.31


Effects of clarification and aging of honey wine(mead) and fruit honey wine(melomel) were investigated. Among the clarifiers tested, 'kaki shibu' and 'sake light' were effective in clearing honey wine. Clear honey wine with more than 90% light transmittance was obtained by treatment with $0.05{\sim}0.1%$ of 'kaki shibu' and 'sake light' for 2 days. Higher concentration of these clarifying agents was needed for the clarification of fruit honey wines. Treatment with 0.5% of 'sake light' and $0.05{\sim}0.1%$ of 'kaki shibu' for 4 days was effective for clearing Tangerine honey wine and Japanese apricot honey wine. Though Hunter L-values of honey wines decreased a little bit by using clarifiers, their light transmittance became more than 98% after ultrafiltration. As the content of soluble solid in mash at the beginning of fermentation increased, the content of acetaldehyde, n-propyl alcohol, n-butyl alcohol and iso-amyl alcohol of honey wine increased during aging, while the content of iso-propyl alcohol decreased. During the aging of honey wines, the sensory quality of them became milder as the amount of acetaldehyde and fusel oil decreased. Among more than twenty different volatile flavor components detected from honey wines, 1-phenyl ethyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol, 2-phenyl ethyl alcohol, octacosane and triacotane were identified as the major components for the flavor of honey wines. Sensory evaluation of the honey wines indicated that the melomel made with Japanese apricot was better than the Tangerine melomel in the aspects of taste, flavor, color and the overall acceptability. Tangerine melomel was even inferior to honey wine(mead).


honey wine;clarification;aging