Does mead clear over time?

Left to its own devices, mead will usually clear… eventually. This isn't always practical for professional meadmakers. Waiting months and months for a mead to clear on its own ties up valuable resources and revenue.
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How long will it take mead to clear?

You can keep an eye on your mead and see for yourself how quickly it is clarifying (most meads will clarify nicely on their own by repeated racking and waiting), and after about six months, you can tell if it's going to clarify (known in the industry as 'falling bright') all by itself.
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Will mead clear on its own?

If you are getting a reading of . 998 or higher on the Specific Gravity scale, then the mead is more than likely fermenting. You need to figure out how to get the fermentation to finish. Then the mead will clear on it's own once the fermentation is done.
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Is it OK if mead is cloudy?

If your mead is cloudy there is no need to panic. For some batches of mead it is a normal thing. And some recipes want the mead to stay cloudy. Some mead makers prefer their mead to stay cloudy.
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How long should mead age before drinking?

Mead should ideally age between six months to three years of aging before its ready to drink, depending on the mead. Just as with wine, lighter meads tend to be ready sooner; heavier, darker meads take longer.
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Let's be Clear about Clarity in Brewing

Why does aging mead make it better?

Aging allows the desired flavors to blend and come to the front, as well as having the advantage of allowing certain unwanted “off” flavors to dissipate. The following guidelines will help you age your Mead properly: Try to keep your Mead as close to 60°F as possible and avoid high temperatures.
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How do you know if mead is safe to drink?

There are lots of odors and visual indicators as well. Infections can range from mold on the surface to nasty tendrils of spoilage and bacterial colonies extending down from the surface into the mead, etc. If it smells bad and looks bad, it's probably bad. This is of course after fermentation and clearing.
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Does mead taste better with age?

All our meads will improve, over time. This is a simple fact. Practically speaking, some will improve more than others and there really is no way to know, in advance, exactly what your result will be.
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How long does it take for mead to go bad after opening?

An opened bottle of our classic meads can easily last three or more months at room temperature or refrigerated. An unopened bottle of our sparkling meads can last 1-2 years unopened if stored in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Once opened, we recommend enjoying them within 24 hours.
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Should mead be brewed in the dark?

Your mead will need a cool, dark place to ferment for the next 30 days. The ideal fermentation temperature range is between 65°-73°F.
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Can you leave mead in primary too long?

Even for those strains that don't do well sur lie, you probably have not seen enough yeast autolysis (breakdown and decay) after 2 months to present too much of a problem, but I'd still recommend racking ASAP after you get back, in that case.
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Can you drink mead right after fermentation?

You can drink it. It probably won't taste very good, though. Mead requires aging for it to taste good, and after two weeks it will be both too new and not yet clear, so you'd taste the yeast. Generally you want to let mead go for a year before you drink it.
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What is the brown stuff in my mead?

This is known as krausen. It is generally a tannish-brown color, and is produced by the CO2 produced during fermentation getting caught in the viscous honey and other debris. During really vigorous fermentations, the krausen can build up enough to push up and out through the airlock.
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Why is my mead not clear?

Mead usually stays cloudy due to suspended particles that resulted from chemical reactions during fermentation. These particles have either a positive or negative charge. Too many of one or the other, and it prevents the mead from clearing.
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What happens if you put too much yeast in mead?

In general, more yeast is actually better, at least at first. But you can, if you severely over-pitch, end up dosing your must with so many ravenously hungry yeast cells that they over compete for the sugar and nutrients, resulting in stressed yeast and resulting production of off flavors.
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How do I know if my mead has botulism?

Well, if there is some kind of botulism infection in your mead or must, you'll know it pretty quickly because these particular bacteria produce a really nasty smell, and a dark discoloration under the surface of the infected media, in this case mead or must.
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Does mead age like wine?

Like wine, mead can be aged for a period of months or years, typically contains 10-14% alcohol, and is traditionally sold by the bottle. With the exception of braggot meads, the beverage is made without grains and is gluten-free.
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Can bad mead make you sick?

There's an idea in homebrewing that your mead can get infected with something that could harm you. While your mead could be infected with unwanted bacteria or mold, you won't get sick from your homebrew that you are making. This is due to the alcohol content of your fermenting mead not allowing pathogens to live.
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Can you drink 20 year old mead?

However, be sure to save some bottles for future age sampling! I have a few 20+ year old meads that are still good; one is OK and not getting better, 1 is really good and still improving, and 1 bottle left of a 3rd that was so good the last time I tried that I don't know when I will open it.
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What does adding oak to mead do?

Depending on the variety and toast level, oak can add noticeable flavor and aroma character, most typically oaky, woody, toasty and vanilla flavors. More strongly toasted oak will add more toasty, caramelized and charred character. Oak can add color to mead.
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Why does my mead taste weird?

Chemical Chemicals in the mead above taste threshold levels, presence of undesirable chemical substances. Chemical, vitamin, nutrient flavors, possibly with bitterness or saltiness. Use less nutrient additions, check purity and cleanliness of water sources, check use of cleaning chemicals.
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How common is botulism in mead?

The good news for mead makers is that botulism is unlikely to be able to grow in must, as there is not enough protein present. So even though the spores are common on honey, even a prolonged delay in the onset of fermentation should not present a risk.
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What does spoiled mead smell like?

Your mead will not continue to smell like the south end of a cabbage patch. 2. However, other yeast strains, such as ale strains, do not, as a rule, put out H2S. If you're making an IPA, and it smells like rotten eggs, that's probably not a good thing.
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Can I taste my mead while its fermenting?

There is absolutely no reason not to. In fact, I encourage you to taste your meads as they come out of the primary fermenter, so you can get some feeling for what a very young mead tastes like. However, don't expect great things.
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