I suspect the the worst habit you have at this point is drinking the product too soon.
Just a guess from my college days.
I use the same milestone for ciders and meads as for ales, less than two bubbles a minute in the primary. For ales this is generally a week, ciders a month, meads 6-12 months.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"
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