Alcohol (medicine) taste

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jezter6

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I tasted 3 of my meads of various age from 4.5 months to about 2 months old. All recipes were 3#/gallon and all were fairly dry but with a very "medicine" hot alcohol taste.

1 was fermented with Nottingham, 2 with Cotes de Blanc.

Is 3#/gallon just too much, or will this go down with age? The meads tasted "ok" outside of that cough syrup hint of alcohol.


Yes yes, I know they're green - but I'm planning to bottle the oldest one and decided while doing a sampling to just sample all the ones sitting in that closet.
 

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I always figure at least 1 year of aging for a mead/melomel, usually it's more like 2 yrs till they get really good. Regards, GF.
 
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So if I want a quicker tasty mead to drink while these are aging - would it work out to just make a slightly lover abv drink by using 9-10#/g to not get the hot alcohol flavorings?
 

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Yes, lower abv meads, like Joe's Ancient Orange Mead, will be drinkable at a younger age.
 

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Lighter abv and possibly sweeter. Sweetness tends to cover some of the harshness of a young brew.
 
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