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seddypc3
11-15-2010, 08:41 PM
I opened the must today to get a SG reading. I don't know what I should be smelling. How will I know if my must has soured?

AToE
11-15-2010, 09:03 PM
The smell depends on so many things, it's impossible for us to tell you what it should or shouldn't smell like without knowing what kind of honey, what kind of yeast, and what other ingredients you've added.

Some general rules though - if it smells like sulphur it needs aeration and nutrients, if it smells like vinegar it might be turning into vinegar.

Sometimes mead just smells bad though until a while after fermentation is done.

Meriadoc
11-15-2010, 10:56 PM
I opened the must today to get a SG reading. I don't know what I should be smelling. How will I know if my must has soured?

Hmm... I think it should smell like the inside of a FedEx box; please open one up, and send your mead to me for further analysis... :D