oh this is good to read. i started a concord mead, 5 gallons, with 1 gallon of juice on the 20th of November this year. i just pitched about 1 oz oak a few days ago (it isn't even done fermenting yet, i like a long, cool ferment for meads). glad to hear the 'concordiness' definitely will mellow with time. the only problem with 1 gallon of juice is the color is still wrong. next time i'm gonna use some kind of skin--for color, and for tannins, which this batch currently lacks.