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Old 06-26-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default Do you keep ONE of every batch of homebrew?

My first four batches are done and, even though 3 of them won't keep beyond 6 months, I'm thinking of keeping one of each with labels mostly for sentimental reasons. GF says i'm crazy cause she just sees it as more bottles laying around.

Does anyone here do this? Any advice on regular painter's tape with the style and date written on it?



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I did for years, until the box of one offs from batches was larger than a case of beer, then decided just to drink them.



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I did for years, until the box of one offs from batches was larger than a case of beer, then decided just to drink them.
Thanks Revvy. Always nice to get your insight on things. What are your takeaways as far as randomly opening things at that point? I imagine Pales were basically undrinkable beyond a year and other weirdness in Wheats and Porters?

Just curious really because the commercial beer drinkers demand you drink IPAs soon due to hop fading and rule of thumb is big ABV = long term cellaring.

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I actually keep 2. One to drink after one year and the other as long as I can hold out. But like revvy mentioned I am going to have to re-think this because it is starting to eat up too much space.

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I keep bottle #13 (my favorite number) from each batch set aside. I plan on opening each at the one year mark.

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I save one or two from each batch and try them around the one year mark if I can wait that long. I think the plan this year is to drink all the savers on my birthday. Gives me a set date instead of trying to remember what day/month each batch was brewed in.

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I kept one from my first batch ever. Labeled with the date it was brewed and the style.

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I often hang on to some (depending on style) for a year, two, three if it is a "big" beer - not to keep forever, but just to see how it is as it ages. If I had kept one beer of every batch I brewed, I would now have in the neighborhood of 300 single beers sitting in my basement. Not sure what the point would be in doing that - takes up a ton of space, most beers do not get better over time, and if you are never going to drink them.....why, keep them? Barley wines, RIS, Belgians, etc. - I think that is worth keeping a 6 or a 12 back to try after extended time to see how it ages. Keeping one of your first batch is a cool idea.

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i tried to keep some, but they cried to me at night. Like lambs. First i tried to free them. I...i opened the gate to their pen, but they wouldn't run. They just stood there confused. So, i drank them, one by one.

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I started to and kept two of each. I had a case full of old beer when I recognized that most of my favorite beer was best fresh. I randomly began drinking the ones I had saved. An apple cider had gotten a little better, but none of the beer was as good as I had remembered. Most of it was good enough but not as good as before. A chipotle beer I made lost all it's smokey spiciness and tasted very vegetal. Same with the Belgians, they lost their bold earthy spiciness. My hoppy beers were bitter but lacked the flavors and aromas I remembered. These were all average gravity ales. Some did taste better with a little age, but when I tried the ones I saved, they seemed to be past their prime.



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