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ConcreteKirk 10-02-2012 04:33 PM

Bottle it or Dump it? That is the question.
I need some help and or advice. My son and I brewed an IPA in April. Did gravity readings and was ready to bottle after a few weeks. About 6 weeks out we were going to bottle it and I got all the bottles cleaned and sanitized and my son never showed up and we kept putting it off. Putting it off, and putting it off.

Now it's been 5 months. Does anyone know if it is any good still? It's been sealed up and unopened the whole time except for the two or three times I opened it up to take a reading early on.
Also it's been in a little cooler environment than it probably should have been for an IPA. ( It's been in my basement which stays at about 60 degrees all the time.)

So, has anyone ever brewed an IPA or similar type of beer and let it sit in the primary fermentor for that long and still bottled and drank their beer? I hate to throw it away after all that work but I'm also very Leary about drinking it. Please help!

moscoeb 10-02-2012 04:35 PM

Take a sample and see! Worst that happens is it tastes horrible. I would bet its still good though.
Was it in a secondary, or still in primary?

igotsand 10-02-2012 05:21 PM

Bottle it!!
If you spent the trouble of brewing the beer, why not just bottle it?
I've had a beer in primary for 4 months, kegged it and it turned out great...

Polboy 10-02-2012 05:30 PM

taste it, if its ok i would dry hopped it again for a week or so then bottle, if it doesnt taste good dump it

pohldogg 10-02-2012 05:32 PM

Bottle it. Maybe do a quick dry hop on it though to bring some of the ipaness back?

Revvy 10-02-2012 05:33 PM

Dry hop it for a week and bottle it.It will probably be one of the best beers you've made.

BadBeagleBrew 10-02-2012 05:42 PM

Agreed with revvy, I had an IPA last winter that didn't get bottled until about the 3 month mark due to christmas and the early arrival of my daughter. Easly the best beer I have ever made.

unionrdr 10-02-2012 08:34 PM

Since your basement is only 60F,it might still be pretty good hop-wise. I agree to dry hop one week then bottle it.

ConcreteKirk 10-03-2012 07:20 AM

Thanks to all of you.
Oh man I am so happy to hear that it still may be good. Thank you all for your input. I was half-expecting to get a bunch of replies saying to dump it. I will try the many suggestions to dry hop it for a week before I bottle it but, . . . I don't exactly know how to go about doing that. It is as it sounds? Add some dry hops to the batch? Do I dare stir it?

I'll post my question in the beginner section too if I can't find out how to do it by reading a little bit. Thanks again to you all. I will be sure to get back to you in a few weeks to let you know how it turned out.


Ogri 10-03-2012 08:19 AM

There are a few ways you could dry hop depending on the type of hops you have available. Pellet, plug, dry-whole, fresh-whole, hop oil. I've mostly used pellets and I usually put them into a muslin hop sack, with a stainless steel ball bearing for ballast, that has already been boiled for a few minutes and then sanitized in star-san solution.

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