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I have some mead in bottles, which have been stored in a reasonably cool, dark place for possibly as much as two years old. I had intended to leave it for about a year for bottle conditioning, but now I'm curious what's likely to have happened after a couple years. Is it still safe to drink, and if so, how tasty is it likely to be?

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I had a fellow homebrew club member who entered a mead in a contest that was 23 years old and it tasted wonderful. Another member brewed a batch the year he got married and drinks one bottle on his anniversary every year. Some get better with age some don't but they are safe to drink. – Northern Brewer Chris Jan 7 '11 at 17:37
well, how is it? – baka Jan 8 '11 at 3:12
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Absolutely safe to drink, and absolutely tasty. Schramm mentions keeping some for 5 years or more. And I've heard of people making mead for their children's 21st birthday that would be as old as the kid. :)


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I know of a VERY smooth bottle of mead that was 28 years old. Wish we had some more of that to drink.

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