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Old 08-18-2009, 12:42 AM   #1
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So I made a bourbon stout in a 5 gallon bucket that I got from the Publix deli. It still smelled like pickles, but I didn't think it was too bad. I might have been wrong. I recently racked to secondary, and everything smelled and tasted like pickles. I plan on aging this in bottles a while (at least 3 months and probably longer). What are the chances the pickle flavor will go away? Is this worth saving? Thanks for your help.

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Old 08-18-2009, 12:47 AM   #2
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So I made a bourbon stout in a 5 gallon bucket that I got from the Publix deli. It still smelled like pickles, but I didn't think it was too bad. I might have been wrong. I recently racked to secondary, and everything smelled and tasted like pickles. I plan on aging this in bottles a while (at least 3 months and probably longer). What are the chances the pickle flavor will go away? Is this worth saving? Thanks for your help.
I don't think pickle taste goes away.

I've received deli buckets before, but I'll only take buckets that held frosting or peanut butter, not pickles. I think "pickles" is a very strong flavor, and I think it permeates the plastic pretty well.
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Maybe you can still cook with the beer...depending on what you're cooking, I guess. Probably make some decent barbecue sauce.

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Aging a year or more wouldn't help?

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add a pickle spear, squeeze of lime and a splash of V8 to the pint, add some tobasco and run with it. I could go for one with breakfast most mornings! call it a "bloody Murphy" (thats just a basic Michelada recipe) try one in the AM on a beach in Cozumel and tell me its not fantastic!

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I don't think so. A year old pickle beer would just be a year old pickle beer.
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I've got it over wood chips right now. I think I might just throw in a bunch more. This was a big beer, probably over 10% ABV. Maybe I can "outflavor" the pickles!

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