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#1 Corbin

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:51 AM

Just curious how long you guys wait from brew day to drinking for a batch of mead. Is a year standard or do you have some recipes that have a quicker turn around time? Patience is going to be a problem for me I can see on mead. I guess I will have to up my beer brewing to compensate. Bought the ingredients for my JAOM Mead and am going to make that this weekend. Everything I have read says that is very drinkable after 3 months.
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:01 AM

It varies from maybe 6 months or so up to a couple of years. General rule of thumb: sweeter tends to be ready sooner. But it depends on yeast, temperature, fruit and probably a lot of other factors as well.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 08:20 PM

My cellar is primarily mead so I can let a batch sit for a while. Most are quite drinkable after 6 months to a year. I tend to sample one every 6 months; the trend is to be at their best in the 4 to 6 year range. They don't tend to last much after that because they disappear rapidly when they start to hit peak.
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