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    Can't remember what I did, hey I'm 72 next time I'll write it on something ---LOL
    Need help /suggestions... I forgot about a gal of Honey mead I put up back in 10/2016. Just checked my grape wine and saw it pushed in back. It hasn't been racked, the bubbler on top was dry.
    I tasted it: very dry, could taste honey. Had a alcohol smell??
    What should I do dump it start over , rack it ?

    This is my 1st attempt at wine and mead making, the wine was so powerful I think I could use it for lighter fluid- tossed it as I have a new crop of grapes so will just start over.

    Any help suggestions appreaciated

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    If it taste ok, rack it and drink it.
    7 out of 4 people have a hard time using their hydrometer!

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    And if it doesn't taste ok, don't toss it. Either rack it and forget about it for another year (well, don't let the airlock go dry again), OR use it for cooking. I had a batch not turn out great for drinking but it made a fantastic marinade and base for a mead sauce.

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    Yep, cooking should burn off that alcohol and hopefully those fusels too (lighter fuel taste)
    "Shouldn’t we say wine is a mead-like beverage made with grapes substituted for the honey?" - Steve Piatz

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