Now I have used only recommended proven recipes from a trusted source in making mead. Invariably they were a bit to a lot harsh after brewing. After a year and a half, I took a sample ofmy first batch to a brewshop owner and asked him if I needed to send it down a floor drain. He told me I needed to hang on to it and would be happy I did. Now it is six months later and I bottled up three different batches to take to a bee club meeting. The one most foul when brewed was applauded by all and I could have sold it all if such were legal.
I guess what I am trying to say is follow directions and have patience. My mead stacked up very well to the other offerings. Now I can gift the stuff with confidence at least. I cannot start to drink it all~!