Re: 2nd batch mead attempted, 2nd bad batch???
You are getting some really good advice here.
On the GM forum are folks who are passionate about mead and think about it everyday. Some have been brewing for decades. Many others are multiple gold medal winners. Some have been kind enough to chime in to help you with your particular situation.
Chances are very good that your LHBS owner is a wonderful person and a great brewer in his/her own right. However, he or she probably doesn't have the contact with as many mead brewers as you now have.
Mead is not beer nor is it wine. Most of the recipes from until verrrry recently have been variations of wine or beer recipes. "Basically do the same steps, just add honey." Honey is not grape juice nor is it hopped-barley water. It has some very different needs. You will learn about those needs here by reading the forum, using the search function, and learning from others mistakes.
If you ask for advice from the forum, please make sure to try it! Folks are taking time out of their lives to help you, as most of them got help when they were first starting. Go to the main site ( www.gotmead.com ) and read the Mead Newbees site as well as other great mead making articles.
P.S. Re: your current batch - there is a pretty good chance that it will be fine. I'd add 2 more lbs of honey and a can of apple juice and aerate it with a big shake for a minute a couple of times a day for three or four days. If the must doesn't start fermenting on it's own, come back and give more details to see if folks can help you again.
As for quick mead - go buy some from one of the sponsors of the Mead Fest competition. Spruce Moutain, Rabbit Foot, Redstone, etc. Also look at the main site for the reviews.
P.P.S. Consider becoming a Patron. There are many up-to-the minute recipes in the Patron section with very clear step-by-step instructions on how to make an award winning style mead. It's only $25. You will save that in wasted time and honey in no time!
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