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Old 06-19-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default 20 yr old beer aka baby beer

So I just became an uncle for the first time today, as well as a god parent. This got me thinking, how could I involve beer in this (as everything does).

I've heard of this before, but never got specifics. I want to plan a brew that will be ready around his first birthday to drink/taste test that will stand the test of time in my cellar until he's ready to drink it legally. What are some good beer styles that age gracefully to 20 years? (Bonus points for recipes, extract preferred but not restricted to.)

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Old 06-19-2011, 07:33 PM   #2
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Meads, Wines and Barley wines come to mind first. There's probably hundreds of like minded posts where this topic has been discussed a lot.

You'll need something with high enough alcohol content to be able to age out over that much time.

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Old 06-19-2011, 07:52 PM   #3
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Mead can easily go the distance. If you want a beer, barleywine is about your only choice. High alcohol, very high hops. I am guessing when I say 12+%abv and 150+ibus. They both help it stand the test of time, but they will both mellow with time.

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I've heard barleywines and other high ABV beer, but also Lambics and Guezes as well.

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Take $100, put it in the bank, add $5 to it every week. After 19.5 years, take out $100 and make a kick ass beer, with help from your barely legal nephew. Money won't spoil.

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Take $100, put it in the bank, add $5 to it every week. After 19.5 years, take out $100 and make a kick ass beer, with help from your barely legal nephew. Money won't spoil.
And you have $5200.00 to buy him a brew rig
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I made some apfelwein just before my son was born.. plan to start drinking it on his 1st birthday. At only 8.8%... Im not sure it would go 20 years though.

Id also vote for a mead.. I think 20 years is a bit long for a barleywine.. but im by no means an expert.

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Mead can easily go the distance. If you want a beer, barleywine is about your only choice. High alcohol, very high hops. I am guessing when I say 12+%abv and 150+ibus. They both help it stand the test of time, but they will both mellow with time.
This...but I'd also say that barleywine may not be the "only" choice...I'd add a really high ABV imperial stout to your list.
FWIW, you might also consider buying a couple of vintage bottles of really special beer for the aging. As an example, I have bottles of DFH's worldwide stout (18% ABV) from my kids' birth years...plan on keeping these until they're each 21.
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Another thing to worry about is storage, if it was me i'd feel more comfortable bottleing the beer in wine bottles with corks, than trusting bottle caps for 20 years.

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Not to be one to judge, but does anyone think that a Barleywine is a good first beer for someone?

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