I never poured any mead earlier than 2 months. You can do it and if you are extremly fortunate, it won't make you want to kill yourself............but. Mead can be a miserable, unforgiving beverage. It has to age and mellow. The longer you let it age, the better it gets. Right now I have 5 galons of grapefruit mead sitting beside me. Linda keeps suggesting that I should turf it, but it has only been sitting there for 26 months. It is truly disgusting, but it will be 10 more months before it goes down the sink--just in case it mellows.