So, I’m a few weeks behind on racking my mead, but there didn’t appear to be anything growing on it, so I figured that was probably OK.
My mead is still very cloudy, which comes as no surprise to me since after doing a little research I read it takes a long time for mead to clear AND I haven’t added any clarifying agents to speed up the process. At the rate it’s going to clear, I most likely will have to help it along a little with some clarifying agents at some point, because I don’t want to have to run the risk of transporting a carboy full of wine to a new home if we end up moving in a couple of months.
I’m not very confident about this particular batch of mead for a few reasons:
- I’ve never made mead before, nor have I tasted anyone else’s developing mead, so I have no frame of reference when it comes to what the wine should taste like during each stage of the process. I’ll be honest, I don’t like what I taste right now. Of course, wines take time to develop into themselves, but at least with grape wine, I am more confident in determining whether or not I think it’s in the “right place” at any given time than I am right now with the honey wine. To me, my mead tastes kind of “off”. It tastes yeasty and something else I can’t put my finger on. There doesn’t appear to be any nasty after taste in my mouth after swallowing, so maybe this is what it’s supposed to taste like at this stage?
- I have a lot of head space in my carboy (a few inches deep). I’ll be honest, I’m not putting much effort into this batch of wine as I should be, due to the fact that I am getting married soon and the majority of my energy has been spent preparing for that big day. I know I could add water or more wine (the latter which I don’t have) to top the carboy off, but I’m really lazy right now and am just doing the bare minimum. Also, the fact that it’s been sitting in a carboy for 2 months and doesn’t appear to have anything growing on it makes me feel a little bit better about it.
I suppose one good thing is that my fiancé doesn’t think it’s as bad as I think it is. Then again, my fiancé loves super cheap grocery store boxed wine, so his tolerance for off-wines is pretty high.
Well, I’m hoping that things will change a bit in the sensory department after I clarify and sweeten the wine, but for now, I’m not so sure. It would be nice to hear from you if you’ve made mead—am I just being crazy and everything is just fine? We’ll see!
My name is Leigh Erwin, and I am a brand-spankin’ new home winemaker! E. C. Kraus has asked me to share with you my journey from a first-time dabbler to an accomplished home winemaker. From time to time I’ll be checking in with this blog and reporting my experience with you: the good, bad — and the ugly.