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how do you tell if a mead is bad?

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Hey sorry, I know thats not such good wording but I couldn't think of any other way. So my question is, how can you tell if a mead has been 'compromised' and is undrinkable? Are there certain signs from the drink, certain tastes/smells? Can it cause different reactions in the people who drink it?
 

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Generally if it smells like ass I toss it. There are lots of odors and visual indicators as well. Infections can range from mold on the surface to nasty tendrils of spoilage and bacterial colonies extending down from the surface into the mead, etc. If it smells bad and looks bad, it's probably bad. This is of course after fermentation and clearing.

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If it keeps you up all night wondering where it's gone.... It's Bad!
If you walk into a party and people are taking turns until its exhausted, leaving you dry.... It's Bad!
If it gets the Cops called on you every time its around... It's Bad!
If you wake up alone with a hangover and an empty wallet... It's Bad!
If it's never around when you need it... It's Bad!

Anybody got any other ways of telling if a Mead is bad?

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Wrathwilde
 

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I'm curious because I tasted my mead the other yesterday and my stomach has been killing me, but my dad tried some too and he's fine, so I don't know if it's just me or what.
 

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Wrathwilde said:
If it keeps you up all night wondering where it's gone.... It's Bad!
If you walk into a party and people are taking turns until its exhausted, leaving you dry.... It's Bad!
If it gets the Cops called on you every time its around... It's Bad!
If you wake up alone with a hangover and an empty wallet... It's Bad!
If it's never around when you need it... It's Bad!

Anybody got any other ways of telling if a Mead is bad?

Cheers,
Wrathwilde
Wrath! You're back!! (I can tell....) :laughing7:
 

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skunkboy said:
Funny, I love to drink my still fermenting mead, and it has never caused me any issues...other than spinning room syndrome... ::)
I never drink any more than what's needed for a gravity reading... but I too have enjoyed the taste of most of my "still fermenting" meads.

~Wrathwilde
 

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well there weren't any odd smells or anything, and it is done fermenting, so I guess its ok then?

P.S. I have tasted some of my still-fermenting meads and actually thought they were pretty damn good!

also as an unrelated side note, a pyment i made smelled like bubble gum, but only if you sniff the airlock which is filled with cap'n mo's spiced rum
 

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Short of visible colonies of possibly-sentient things growing on the surface of the mead.

I can think of the following:

1.) Funky, ridiculously *wrong* smells like band-aids, dirty feet, or vinegar.

2.) A bacterial cased white-ring of death around the level of liquid in the carboy. That usually means an infection. Even then it's still drinkable. You can search the forums for it, basically it's cureable by campden tablets and usually means poor sanitzation.
 
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