I was brewing a new recipe of mead yesterday and everything that could go wrong did go wrong. I was wondering if this batch is salvageable or if I should just scrap it and do it again. Mind you, it's only 1 gallon.
Here are the issues:
1) the top of the honey jar fell into the mix right after i boiled it. I doubt the water was still at 100 degrees C, and i figure this is a potential source of contamination. So I was wondering if this compromises the entire batch?
2) The yeast starter showed very little signs of activity. I used Lavlin E-1118 yeast.
3) After I put it all into the primary and sealed it, I filled the airlock up a little to much by mistake. I tried to take out some of the water and ended up having at least a tbsp or two of bottled water with quite a bit of StarSan leak right into the fermenter.
I've never had that last problem before.
Should I scrap it and try again or wait? Seeing as the aging for this will be about 6 months I would rather get it right than have a ruined batch after it's all said and done.
Thank you for any opinions! When it's all said and done, I'll share the recipe