Kegconnection Complete Starter Kit and More Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Homebrew expiration date?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-26-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
kidman199
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Quebec/Canada, Quebec
Posts: 15
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Homebrew expiration date?

Hey guys!

How long could we keep a bottled homebrew?

Thanx

__________________
Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/user/kidman199 Twitter : https://twitter.com/Shackaboisson Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/shackaboisson

Fermenting : Nada!

Bottled : Nada!
kidman199 is offline
karmak Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 09:28 PM   #2
mcnewcp
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 149
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

That really depends on how thorough you were in sanitation. Many people age certain styles for years without spoilage, but if your sanitation is suspect, they could spoil in as little as a month or two. In fact, tasting a long term aged brew can give you a good idea of how good your sanitation is.

__________________
Better Beer Project

Primary: French/American Farmhouse, ECY20 Lambic
Secondary: Flanders Red
Kegged: Brett Cust Citra Pale Ale, Galaxy/HBC342 Wheat IPA
Bottled: Falconers Flight Farmhouse, 1 yr Blueberry Sour, 2 yr Berliner Weisse
mcnewcp is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 09:41 PM   #3
beergolf
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
beergolf's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: collingswood, nj
Posts: 3,950
Liked 358 Times on 294 Posts
Likes Given: 109

Default

Some brews age well. Belgians actually improve a lot with age. I have one that is approaching a year in bottles and it continues to get better.

Some brews are best when they are young. IPA's lose their hoppy goodness with age. They are still very drinkable but the fresh hop aroma/flavor is not the same.

Revvy does a post where someone tasted homebrews from competitions that were up to 20 years old and all were pretty good.

I doubt that you will keep homebrew around for too long. Just make sure that your sanitization is good and let some age to see how they do.

__________________
beergolf is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 11:22 PM   #4
pksmitty
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Bel Air, MD
Posts: 401
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Until it's gone?

__________________

It was a woman who drove me to drink, and I didn't even have the decency to thank her! W.C. Fields

pksmitty is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 11:26 PM   #5
H-ost
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA
Posts: 1,753
Liked 51 Times on 50 Posts
Likes Given: 108

Default

Longest I have been able to hold onto any is a recent batch of a christmas ale brewed 5 weeks before christmas. It has mellowed nicely and the orange peel flavor doesn't punch you in the face like it did when I was going through it. I think I have 18 left...

__________________
H-ost is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 11:28 PM   #6
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: "Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,804
Liked 2711 Times on 1629 Posts
Likes Given: 3484

Default

To put it in perspective, in the Dec 07 Zymurgy Charlie Papazian reviewed bottles of homebrew going back to the first AHC competition that he had stored, and none of them went bad, some had not held up but most of them he felt were awesome...We're talking over 20 years worth of beers.

This is a great thread about one of our guys tasting 4-5 years of his stored brew.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/revi...assics-160672/

And I brewed an og 1.150, 150 IBU barleywine that I won't be opening for 5 years.

Not to mention the fact that there are vertical tasting for certain beers like Stone epic, where people collect each years beer and then sample a flight of them going back in time.

Nothing pathogenic can grow in beer. So if they taste fine drink them.

__________________

Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew

Revvy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 11:51 PM   #7
Homebrewtastic
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 1,044
Liked 24 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kidman199
Hey guys!

How long could we keep a bottled homebrew?

Thanx
It all depends on you the brewer and how sanitary you are and then also the beer itself. Higher ABV beers tend to age well. Where as my lower abv beers don't hold up that well normally. However I did just find two bottles of a 5.5% saison I brewed 11 months ago and it's still amazing.
__________________
On Deck:
Primary: Lambic-ish
Kegged: Das Funken Weisse, Un Poquito Wylde
Bottled: Epik Barleywine, Chocolate Chili Pumpkin Porter, EKG Amber
Adventures in Zymurgy - Homebrewing and Sour Beer Blog
Homebrewtastic is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2012, 11:51 PM   #8
Euphist
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Euphist's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Jacksonburg, WV
Posts: 499
Liked 49 Times on 37 Posts
Likes Given: 32

Default

It's really interesting that this was posted today...

I just bought some bottles from a guy that answered my wanted add on CL. He said his father-in-law used to brew, and they had been sitting in the Mother-in-law's basement for years. Turns out that several cases are full of homebrew! I have one chilling in the fridge right now. Figured I'd look, smell, taste, and then maybe drink.

There is a date written on a piece of masking tape on the box...September 3, 1980

__________________
Euphist is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-27-2012, 10:04 AM   #9
Brew_Force
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Denton, Texas
Posts: 89
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Euphist
It's really interesting that this was posted today...

I just bought some bottles from a guy that answered my wanted add on CL. He said his father-in-law used to brew, and they had been sitting in the Mother-in-law's basement for years. Turns out that several cases are full of homebrew! I have one chilling in the fridge right now. Figured I'd look, smell, taste, and then maybe drink.

There is a date written on a piece of masking tape on the box...September 3, 1980
Oh my goodness! Great find!
__________________
Brew_Force is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-10-2012, 11:29 PM   #10
kidman199
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Quebec/Canada, Quebec
Posts: 15
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Euphist View Post
It's really interesting that this was posted today...

I just bought some bottles from a guy that answered my wanted add on CL. He said his father-in-law used to brew, and they had been sitting in the Mother-in-law's basement for years. Turns out that several cases are full of homebrew! I have one chilling in the fridge right now. Figured I'd look, smell, taste, and then maybe drink.

There is a date written on a piece of masking tape on the box...September 3, 1980
Did you tasted it now?
__________________
Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/user/kidman199 Twitter : https://twitter.com/Shackaboisson Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/shackaboisson

Fermenting : Nada!

Bottled : Nada!
kidman199 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
Date with the Cam FatherJack General Beer Discussion 33 06-27-2011 05:29 PM
Best before date vs. aging iparks81 General Beer Discussion 7 02-03-2011 12:32 AM
expiration dates... THEDIETZ General Beer Discussion 7 12-28-2009 03:38 PM
Use-by date... KayaBrew General Beer Discussion 6 04-03-2009 03:03 PM
Yeast 6 months past expiration! Mikeus General Beer Discussion 6 12-30-2007 02:18 AM