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Old 11-19-2009, 07:12 PM   #1
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Default How long do beer kits stay fresh?

I purchased a few kits that I plan on brewing and every time I go to MLHBS or look on here something else catches my eye that I want to brew next. I'm about ready to get another bucket or carboy for a primary, but for now I only have one. With that said, I have three kits that are gonna be sitting for a few weeks. I was curious if these will still be fresh? Or how long do they stay fresh? I might be forced to get another primary, which is not a bad thing!Thanks.

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Old 11-19-2009, 07:14 PM   #2
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weeks of wait is fine. months of wait is iffy. years of wait are a big no no. beware the dusty box.

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Old 11-19-2009, 07:15 PM   #3
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Oops! I thought this was in the beginners forum. Sorry

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Old 11-19-2009, 07:17 PM   #4
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weeks of wait is fine. months of wait is iffy. years of wait are a big no no. beware the dusty box.
Nice. I have an Amber that will be sitting for 4 weeks before brew day. So it sounds like it should be fine. I just need to stay outta the recipe forum and MLHBS until these are completed.
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:26 PM   #5
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Ever wonder how long that kit was sitting in the shop before you bought it?

I think a few weeks is nothing. Even a few month should not be a problem if everything is packaged properly. Store the hops and yeast in the fridge.

Years could be a big problem. It is possible for botulism to grow on LME. I have a super old can that has swollen. I should probably throw it away.

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Old 11-19-2009, 09:44 PM   #6
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I just inherited an old kit from 1999. Came with light malt extract and rice malt extract that is 10 years old now. I decided to be adventurous and make a batch of beer with both of these.

I noticed the cans did not bulge on either end so I figure they would be okay. Anyway, I opened them up and decided to taste them. To my utter surprise they tasted like raisins and plums, each of them. And they were very dark in color.

Well I just harvested a bunch of wild apples and decided I would try to make an apple, cinnamon, dark brown sugar, 10 year old malt beer. It is extremely sweet and therefore I am going to have to age it another couple months but I will keep updated on how the flavor turns out when it is all said in done.


That all being said, I say it is never too old to use.

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Old 11-20-2009, 02:47 PM   #7
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I had a Christmas kit from 08 that I brewed a month or so ago. I tasted it this week... I will probably be setting it aside for another year. lol

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