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Old 11-30-2011, 06:22 AM   #1
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Hey guys! Im pretty new to the home brew scene and I have a couple questions about mead. A few days ago I made a one gallon batch of mead, and I'm wondering when it will become alcoholic and when I can drink it! I'd rather not let it age for 6 months as the instructions say, so basically I'm wondering how soon my mead will become alcoholic and drinkable?

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Old 11-30-2011, 06:39 AM   #2
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Since its your first batch, start drinking it right away, but make sure to bottle a small amount and let it sit for the 6 months. You'll immediately regret not aging the whole batch, but you'll understand it a lot better by tasting the difference firsthand.

What I'm trying to say is, freshly fermented mead is NASTY. I always age mine at least a year.

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Old 11-30-2011, 06:42 AM   #3
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In all seriousness, you should follow all the instructions for your mead, then bottle it and forget you have it. In the meantime, make some of EdWort's Apfelwein. That stuff can tolerate a quick turn around, and itll help take your mind off of the mead.

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Old 11-30-2011, 04:50 PM   #4
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^^seconded. Depending on your yeast you can get noticeable amounts of alcohol within a week(!) But drinkable is up to you and the taste is guaranteed to improve with age. I've seen posts here about eight year old bottles, though you certainly don't have to go that long.

My suggestion for a meanwhile drink is five-day country cider (check the recipes page.) Nothin wrong with covering up a bit of young ferment funk with a bit of extra sugar

Or since you're new, do you have bottles? A gallon of mead goes into 4 or 5 (750ml) bottles depending on how well you rack it.. perhaps the waiting would be easier after a trip to the liquor store!

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Old 11-30-2011, 05:16 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info guys! Ill probably wait a month or so before trying it. At what point should I rack the mead? My yeast is a bread yeast, will that decrease the alcohol content?

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If you're using bread yeast, I would just let it sit in the primary until it gets clear. Usually takes about 10 weeks.

Bread yeast will die off early, leaving your mead a bit sweeter. What was your OG? I've found that my bread yeast brews crap out at 9% abv, which is plenty for me.

Are you making JAOM? If so just follow the instructions, he knows what he's doing.

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Old 11-30-2011, 09:53 PM   #7
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Im sorry but im not sure what JOAM or OG are?

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Old 11-30-2011, 10:28 PM   #8
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JAOM - Joe's Ancient Orange Mead
OG - Original Gravity

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Old 11-30-2011, 10:30 PM   #9
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Oh ok, Im using a recipe from stormthecastle.com, and unfortuneatly i didnt test OG.

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Originally Posted by blackbriarmeadery
unfortuneatly i didnt test OG.
Can you post the recipe? We can tell you more about what to expect
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