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Old 09-27-2006, 09:52 PM   #1
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Come March I am going to be a new father. I got this crazy idea of doing a batch of beer(or mead) around my kid's birthday every year and saving 2 or so bottles until they are 21.

Is this even remotely possible for a homebrewer? Has anyone successfully kept beer or mead this long without oxidation?

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Old 09-27-2006, 09:57 PM   #2
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I have a bottle that is 25 years old, but I wouldn't drink it. It is from my first batch, but to your point, YES but it should be strong, well made and stored carefully. A giant barleywine, Imperial Stout, that kind of thing will work. It will become sherry like and taste very different then its original, fresh form. Go for it!

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Mead will work too, and you would follow the same rules as above.

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Old 09-27-2006, 10:17 PM   #4
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Congradulations, by the way! It's cliche, but true; having a kidling absolutely changes your life in ways that you cannot fathom ahead of time, and that you would never change back.

Oh, and I like the idea of a mead, too; even a REAL big barleywine would be a little scary after that long a period, but a nice mead would be in great shape.

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Old 09-27-2006, 10:28 PM   #5
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Isnt Thomas Hardy barleywine aged like 25 years?

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Check out this link for some good information:

http://www.bpe.com/beverages/beer/vintage_beers.htm

And yes, Thomas Hardy is a beer made to be aged for a long time.

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Funny, I was thinking of doing something similar as I will ba a new father come December. I was thinking of making an Imperial Stout called Conception and keeping a few bottles to crack when he/she is 18(Canada).

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How about a dopple bock called IMPREGNATOR?

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I think you should do a mead. It will ahve a great flavor. Consider the impact the drink will have on your kids after 21 years. If their first [legal] drink of your homebrew is an old, dusty, oxidized, vinegar/sherryish barleywine, will they truly be impressed with your homebrewing capabilites?

On the other hand, if their first drink is a nice, fruity, smooth, warming sip of mead. Ahhhh . . . . a lifetime brewery companion.

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I have a bottle of Barkshack Ginger Mead that's 13 years old now. I think I'll crack it open when I retire in 3 years.

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