Originally Posted by STLExpat
No idea why there is a smell difference to be honest, I'm still pretty new compared to a lot of guys here. There is a taste difference though. The bread yeast batch had a strong alcohol kick to it, while the liquid yeast batch just tasted like honey.
Which actually means very little. If you take 2 different wine yeasts, you'd have got differing results. Whether it's different levels of colour, higher levels of "alcohol hot" flavour, greater quantity of gross lees, etc etc.
The experiment at it's most basic, is to use the same ingredients, except the yeast, then probably through tasting, confirm when one or the other is "ready for drinking", while at the same time, highlighting the differences over time i.e. mead A was fine for christmas, yet mead B wasn't and needed nothing more than another 6 months to become good. Or if they're both drinkable at the same time, then highlight other differences in your findings i.e. the colour you already alluded to, or maybe the more obvious differences in taste.
It would be good to have enough info to work out how they actually came out, strength-wise/% ABV etc......
Keep us informed, I'm enjoying reading about the differences etc.