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Old 01-15-2009, 11:36 PM   #1
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Seems like the constant advice for any newbie who thinks they might have goofed something up is to wait, then wait some more. Then after you've waited, wait a little longer. I'm just wondering, what would it actually take to consider a batch actually being bad, and need to be dumped? How many yeras must a batch sit in the back of your closet, and still taste like pure trash before it would hit the drain?

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Old 01-15-2009, 11:48 PM   #2
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I don't do mead, but if any batch of anything doesn't improve over weeks/months...it's not likely to get better.

Usually though...bad batches don't stay bad...they get worse with time.

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Old 01-15-2009, 11:57 PM   #3
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I guess it takes a little experience to know when a batch is truly beyond hope. Aging does alot- smooths out rough flavors, "hot" taste, etc. But if it's infected and truly bad (like vinegar, or fecal smelling) no amount of time in the world will save it. The trick is knowing when it is young, and when it is beyond hope!
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