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storm1969
11-12-2006, 11:14 AM
What do you do with the last bottle of a batch of mead or wine? If it's good, I hold on to it for a long time.

Yesterday, after my Dad's Funeral, I was in the cellar looking for something to raise a glass of in honor of him. Saw my last bottle of my '88 OB mead sitting there gathering dust. I think I drank the second to last bottle about 8 or so years ago.

I didn't take notes, cause I was with a group of people. But WOW it was awesome. Complex, rich, wonderful mouth feel, long follow. It was a good bottle to open. I didn't even mind sharing it with 5 other people (much). It did get comments like "I didn't know mead good be this good!" "This is mead? Wow"

Brian

Leonora
11-12-2006, 01:23 PM
Brian,

Sorry to hear of your loss. How wonderful to have such a tribute of your own making.

Leonora

P.S. As to your question, as a new brewer (just about a year now), I find myself wanting to not finish out a batch without fanfare. I find it difficult to deal with 1 gallon batches for this reason. Too few bottles in the batch to treasure the last few! I have a nice place in the basement that is well temp controlled so I think I will be able to keep some bottles back to enjoy in the long ahead future.

storm1969
11-12-2006, 07:48 PM
thank you, Leonora. It's been a tough couple of weeks.

This was the last bottle of a 3 gallon batch. I drank the first 10 bottle very quickly then slowed way down for the remaining 5.

I rarely do a batch less than 5 gallons these days.