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Old 09-08-2006, 01:13 AM   #1
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Default Longest ALE can be stored...

I have not brewed for a few years and am getting the bug again. However, while cleaning the basement, and going to my old empties, I found out I had 2 cases of some dark stuff mixed in among the empties. These have been in the basement and in the dark for at least 5 years. I hardly need a glass of ale bad enough to try it, but I was wondering what is the longest you can store a home brew before it MUST be tossed. This stuff has no preservatives....

I opened a bottle and smelled it and took a tiny sip - it did not smell bad at all. Tasted a little bitter. it was a stout, I think...

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Old 09-08-2006, 01:20 AM   #2
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Have a Whole one and get back to us, it seems like your the man in the right position to answer the question. My beers never make it past a month.

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Old 09-08-2006, 01:39 AM   #3
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Everybody says nothing that can hurt you can grow in beer, so get one of those beers out of your purse, open it, pour it, smell it and taste it.

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Stored in a cool dark place, a nice heavy stout should be good for a couple years. It all comes back to, if it tastes ok it is.

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Oh, what the heck, I'll put a couple in the fridge......

Thanks, Report to follow.

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Old 09-08-2006, 04:59 AM   #6
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You'll be able to taste it best if not too cold. I often let ale sit poured for an hour out of the fridge before drinking it.

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On Dec. 24th, I'll be drinking the last bottle of a Belgian Christmas Ale that I made in 1996. It has gotten better every year so far, wish there was more.

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Old 09-08-2006, 02:21 PM   #8
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Yes - I usually open the bottle and pour it. I drink it sort of slowly. Crisp and more bitter when cold, more sweet and malty as it warms.

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