The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Digging for beers huh?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-02-2010, 03:39 PM   #1
Tomerwt
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Delft, Zuid-Holland
Posts: 66
Likes Given: 1

Default Digging for beers huh?

Hey guys,

In a month or so, we are going to bottle our honeytriple. This beer will have to age for at least a year. But we have 2 problems.
1. We will probably crack half of them before a year has past, due to impatience and eventual drunkness.
2. We have limited space in our garage (Where we age our beers), so it won't be very convenient to store them there for a whole year.

So we came up with a brilliant plan. We want to bury our batch in the yard, and dig it up in a year! We are planning to bottle the batch in the thickest, strongest glass bottles we can find, stash them in a wooden box, and bury them a few feet under the soil. This way; the beer won't be in our way, the beer shall remain nice and cool (even in summer) and we will not be able to touch it for a year!

-Has anyone here ever tried burying their beer, or ever heard of it?
-Is it a bad idea, is there anything we haven't thought of?

Opinions please!

__________________
Tomerwt is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2010, 03:43 PM   #2
steinsato
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
steinsato's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Posts: 1,222
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

Is this a 5 gallon batch? That's gonna be one big a$$ hole!

__________________

"The ordinary world is only the foam on top of the real world." Tom Robbins (B is for Beer)
"It's a beautiful day for baseball. Let's play two." Ernie Banks

steinsato is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2010, 03:44 PM   #3
Teromous
Beer Gnome
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Teromous's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 2,444
Liked 268 Times on 165 Posts
Likes Given: 47

Default

Somebody else on here aged their beers underground and had some pretty cool pics of it. It worked, with the exact advantages that you mentioned. I think he buried them at a hunting spot or something...

__________________
Teromous is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2010, 03:45 PM   #4
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 41,984
Liked 2747 Times on 2698 Posts
Likes Given: 111

Default

I wouldn't worry about special thick bottles. Just bottle like normal put in a box like you said, and bury. I'd maybe put them into a tied off garbage bag inside the wooden box or plastic sealed tote, then bury. I see no problems. Just bury below your frost line.

__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas. :o - marubozo
IrregularPulse is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2010, 03:52 PM   #5
jgln
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southern, NJ
Posts: 3,496
Liked 50 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I like the idea. I think the metal on the caps (if you use them) may rust but I doubt enough to break the seal.

__________________
jgln is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2010, 03:54 PM   #6
GilaMinumBeer
In yo' garage, steelin' yo parts.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oblivion
Posts: 46,860
Liked 4604 Times on 4299 Posts
Likes Given: 55

Default

I have a 12 pack of Mead and Apfelwein buried behind my shed. Boxed, bagged, and boxed again. 6 were made when my first son was born and another 6 when my second son was born.

I plan to exhume them when they are 21. If I can remember them.

__________________
GilaMinumBeer is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2010, 03:59 PM   #7
jgln
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southern, NJ
Posts: 3,496
Liked 50 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

This would be a neat idea for those who play that GPS game where you search for loot. You find it then drink it!

__________________
jgln is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2010, 04:15 PM   #8
floyd242
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: City of Decatur, GA
Posts: 85
Default

My grandparents had an old refrigerator buried in the yard and used it as a root cellar

__________________
floyd242 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2010, 04:34 PM   #9
buzzkill
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Green Country Oklahoma
Posts: 987
Liked 20 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

I like this ideal. I have thought about putting some under my house(crawlspace) to age out.

__________________
buzzkill is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-02-2010, 04:37 PM   #10
devilishprune
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,242
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default

Oldsock on this board has a blog called themadfermentationist, and on that he has a tasting of some (several?) year old meads. I would recommend burying them if you have the time/space, because the ground will keep things a relatively stable temperature year round as long as you get deep enough.

On the back of the DFH Old School Barleywine, it recommends burying it out in the woods somewhere.

__________________
devilishprune is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
new beers to try? Bfelt General Beer Discussion 5 07-19-2010 04:21 AM
SN 30 and other beers... WildGingerBrewing General Beer Discussion 2 04-02-2010 12:04 PM
Sound off: Commercial beer you're digging MattHollingsworth General Beer Discussion 102 02-24-2010 01:43 AM
Your top 3 beers lunchbox General Beer Discussion 83 01-03-2010 11:48 PM
Two of my three beers placed...Woo Hoo!!! BierMuncher General Beer Discussion 32 06-12-2008 07:27 PM