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Old 09-26-2008, 04:33 AM   #1
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Default 15 year old beer: Safe to drink?

My father has several cases of homebrew he made back in the 90's. He threw it in the cellar (very cool temps) and its been there since. I am about to use the bottles, but I was wondering if i could enjoy 1 without the fears of becoming sick. I think one was a Pilsner and Im not sure on the other ones.


Is it safe to drink?

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Old 09-26-2008, 04:36 AM   #2
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Hells ya it's safe! Drink that **** up man!

Seriously though, there won't be anything wrong with it, except it may not taste too good anymore. Usually, the lighter the beer, the less stable it is, so the pilsner may be not so tasty. If he has any old imperial stouts laying around though, they may be pretty delicious now.

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Old 09-26-2008, 04:45 AM   #3
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Hells Ya It's Safe! Drink that **** up man!

Oh...Sorry....Didn't mean to copy...but that is exactly what I thought when I saw the headline.


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Old 09-26-2008, 04:52 AM   #4
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15 years?? wow..... give them a try..If it is a pilsner or light beer in will probably taste like crap but hey u never know...too bad it isn't a big barley
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Old 09-26-2008, 04:53 AM   #5
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I've seen a lot of these threads end with the OP not posting the results. I'm curious to how they taste.

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Old 09-26-2008, 05:00 AM   #6
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i tried a taste of the "Pilsner" and it seemed ok. It reminded me of Yeungling in taste. Nothing really bad, nothing to write home about. Maybe I should drink a full bottle?

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Two stories of aged beer: 1.) a coworker of one of my homebrew club's members found a few bottles of 60-year-old beer. The labels were mostly worn off, the caps a little rusty. We cracked them open at a meeting. Mixed reviews, mostly negative, but nobody got sick from it, so no foul.

2.) another member of my homebrew club brewed in essence a triple bock 20 years ago, before Samuel Adams had their version. He still had some so he entered it in a competition this past spring, not giving any indication of its age. One of the judges wrote on his score sheet that "this beer could stand to be cellared a little more."

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One of the judges wrote on his score sheet that "this beer could stand to be cellared a little more."


That's why it's important not to let judges get to you (in any arena, not just homebrew). Anyone who's been judged repeatedly has had this feeling before... "wtf is he talking about? I did the opposite of that".
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If it doesn't obviously taste/smell bad, if won't make you sick (other than the hangover you'll get if you drink to many, regardless of how old/young they are).

So drink it up, unless it's wretched, which it sounds like it's not, but you're being overly cautious if you haven't even had an entire beer, even though it tastes like Yuengling, sorta.

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Old 09-26-2008, 05:06 PM   #10
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i tried a taste of the "Pilsner" and it seemed ok. It reminded me of Yeungling in taste. Nothing really bad, nothing to write home about. Maybe I should drink a full bottle?
Absolutely! If it's enjoyable, drink it up. I certainly wouldn't toss it just to get at the bottles.
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