View Full Version : 1st mead is tasteless

11-18-2009, 12:55 AM
So... 1 month after starting off my first mead (1.5kg honey - non-descript store bought stuff - 4 litres of water, champagne yeast) I checked the gravity last night - 1.014. It has been a slow ferment, as I didn't put in any nutrients to begin with. I had a little taste - but maybe that's the wrong word for it, because it didn't really taste like anything. A honey aftertaste slowly accumulated. No unpleasant tastes, at least, but I was expecting something a little more pronounced.

Will flavour develop over time, or should I rack it into something a bit more interesting? Or are my expectations misplaced?

11-18-2009, 01:11 AM
A month is much too early to pass judgment on the flavors in your mead. Typically the honey flavors will come back in time, right now it will taste disjointed.

One thing to watch is the SG. Given your recipe, the yeast you used has the potential to consume all the sugars, but have not yet. As you mentioned, they are nutrient starved and going along slowly. This could be an issue if you bottle this batch before stabilizing it somehow to stop the fermentation.

11-18-2009, 01:36 AM
Thanks, Akueck. I suppose I will just have to be patient!

11-18-2009, 05:01 AM
Store/supermarket type processed honey can be very bland as honeys go. They've often been blended to maximise the sweetness/sugar, just for eating/cooking.

Don't be disheartened though, once you're happy that the ferment has finished, rack it off into a gallon jug, let it clear, then sulphite it and sorbate it. then put it away for at least 6 months to age (a year is probably better).

You'll be surprised on the changes that time makes on mead. then if you're still unhappy, you can always find some good strong flavoured honey to back sweeten it with.

Personally, my first mead was made similar to how you describe yours. It was bulk aged for between 12 and 18 months.... I was amazed how bad, it wasn't! even using cheapo supermarket honey had done quite a good job..... erm, it didn't last very long ;););)



Medsen Fey
11-18-2009, 12:28 PM
Once it has cleared and aged a bit, you might try adding a tiny bit of acid blend to a glass (or a few drops of lemon juice if you have no acid). A little acidity sometimes wakes up the flavors in a mead. A tiny bit of tannin may also perk it up. You can pour a couple of glasses and do some tweaking to see what works best for you and then apply that to the rest. Again, I'd give it several months to develop before attempting any of this, you may be surprised by how much the flavor develops.

11-19-2009, 11:46 PM
Many thanks, all.

I shall be patient and wait it out. In a few months I shall taste it again and then we shall see.