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Old 10-24-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default 3 Year Old Kegged Homebrew...Still Good?

So I was cleaning out my brew room, when I noticed a Belgian Wit that I brewed (extract) on 10/14/06! It was kegged, and oxygen-purged. Does anyone know of any dangers in drinking this? Other than taste, could I be getting myself into trouble?

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Old 10-24-2009, 06:46 PM   #2
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I wouldn't think so.

As far as the keg goes, you need oxygen to oxidize so I don't think that's a concern, if that's what you're getting at.

As far as the beer goes, I think you probably picked the worst style to age that long. So it might not taste as good as the beer will have cleared and stuff... i'd give it a go though.

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Thanks Dougan. I'll let everyone know how it works out...

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Mix it with 25% fresh beer and toss an orange in it.

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If you're not sure if it's safe I can give you my address and I'll gladly sample it for ya.

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How could you forget about a whole batch of beer? I';m usually waiting for all mine to be drinkable?

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How could you forget about a whole batch of beer? I';m usually waiting for all mine to be drinkable?
Yeah, I don't quite get how you could forget about a brew for 3 years! I mean, I've brought in a carboy for bottling and forgotten for a few days because I got bogged down with work and homework, but 3 years?
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Old 10-24-2009, 11:18 PM   #8
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I also have a Barleywine that I kegged about 3-4 years ago. I have known about it, but just have never gotten into kegging. It was purged and sealed with CO2, I just hope it is some good stuff when the time does come to cool it and tap it.

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Hooooooly carp... that's an incredibly long time to just forget about a batch. It's really too bad this wasn't something heavy and complex that would be face-punchingly delicious after three years.

I'm sure it'll be just fine but not at its full potential. I like R2-D2's idea of adding new beer and tossing in an orange.

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Well, witbier isnt a style that ages gracefully. Its not going to make you sick though if thats what you are asking. If it was stored in good conditions it will probably taste like witbier past its prime. Most of the spice flavor and aroma has likely faded.

Too bad it wasn't an RIS you found. Now that would be devine.

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