You’re never too old to learn. Learning anything of real value, rather, is a good hobby to have. Mead is a funny thing. Like any real art, it takes a lifetime to master. It’s never a quick thing to make and you have a to wait a while to get your own results. By “while” I mean months or even over a year on a single batch/bottling.
Even when pleased, any good craftsman knows full well there’s room for improvement and learning.
I just started this journey in craft a little over 2 years ago. Counting this weekend, I’m up to batch #10 having made this one to the right in an official professional mead class. My third batch of about 6 gallons is ready to bottle now, and the blueberry orange blossom honey mead I made this weekend will be ready in around 5 months. Looking forward to tasting of course, but it’s the process and education I am getting in between that is the real reward.
Should you have the time, a visit to Griffin Meadery in Willis just north of Conroe Texas is worth your time. I was able to meet the family and staff before class this weekend for a mead making 101 class. Nine batches in and I really found so much to learn. Mr. Bruce Leslie, the owner mead maker, has probably forgotten more about mead making and home brewing than I will likely ever learn or put to use.
Whatever level you’re at, this man’s class is worth your time. And when you have that time, please reward yourself with a class and a mead tasting. It’ll open your mind.