I've opened a bottle of a mead I made back in Dec 209, and bottled in April 2009. It was a small test batch to lock down process, and see what mead tastes like. A sweet still mead.
The taste was nice - sweet, honey aroma, but there was a white film on the mead at the top of the bottle. Thoughts on what this is and if a potential issue? I'm was thinking that it was yeast. There was no carbonation when I opened the bottle.
This was my first mead. I did not clarify with any finings - a real simple 4 gallons of honey added to 160F water. Here was the 1 gallon recipe:
2 Gal Apple Honey
2 Gal Raspberry Honey
3/4 gal tap water – GE filtered
Yeast – Redstar montradet
1. Boil 3/4 gal of water, cool to 160F
2. Add honey and mix well, Cool to 80F
3. Remove 1 cup of must and add yeast to it
4. Add 1/2 campden tablet to full must
5. Wait 15 minutes, take SG
6. Add must to 1 gallon jug
7. Pitched yeast @78F