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Old 02-01-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Hey folks. I have a Black Lager beer kit from Brewers Best. It's been sitting on top of the fridge for the past two years. I was wondering how long the ingredients will last. Everything has been kept in its original sealed package, in the box it came in and at room temperature. I know I'm going to have to buy more yeast and hops but what about the malt extract and the grains?

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Old 02-01-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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pitch it, buy more stuff. you will be able to make beer but dont you want to make GOOD beer...

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Old 02-01-2011, 08:42 PM   #3
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brew it!!
you just wont know how good it could have been

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Old 02-01-2011, 09:40 PM   #4
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2 years? That's not so bad. My dad just gave me a kit the other day and asked me to brew it for him... I opened it to find this antique:
Brewer's Best Irish Stout Kit

I'm half-tempted to do it, too...

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Old 02-01-2011, 10:44 PM   #5
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pitch it, buy more stuff. you will be able to make beer but dont you want to make GOOD beer...
Worst advice ever! What would you rather have, a pile of trash, or possibly stale tasting beer? Make it and find out! Worst case scenario, the beer is bad, but you dont lose anything more than you already did.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:53 PM   #6
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I have no clue how long that kind of stuff lasts but I say just brew it, if for nothing more than the experience.

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I would say brew it. Not because of a "you-don't-want-to-waste-it" type of mentality... but because of a "kits-and-extract-probably-sit-in-a-warehouse-for-longer-amounts-of-time" type of attitude.

But I would also say throw it out and buy new ingredients in order to increase your chances of brewing something that tastes good in the end. At least if comes out tasting wrong you can eliminate a reason.

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Looks like a keeper. Thanks for everyone's input. I guess I'll buy some more hops and yeast and see what happens. I'll let you all know how it turns out.

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