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Old 10-31-2008, 07:09 PM   #1
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I stopped by the Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. yesterday on my way down the hill from Lake Tahoe. They had this beer on the board called "Concentrated Evil" so of course I had to try it. WOW!!! 11.5% ABV, but very smooth and tasty. I left with a growler, but I'm wondering how long it will last. My home brew club meeting is next week, and I'd like to share it with everyone...but I'd hate to wait a week to drink it just to have some flat beer. When I got the growler home, I tightened down the cap as tightly as I could and put it in the fridge. How long will a growler keep? Should I keep it around till next week, or finish this puppy off this weekend?

EDIT: Brewery web site: http://www.fiftyfiftybrewing.com/

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Old 10-31-2008, 07:30 PM   #2
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I'd be more concerned about it getting oxidized than going flat- they're pulling those puppies right off the tap. A week is feasible, but it won't be 'peak'.

Drink that beer yourself, and get a new growler for the meeting.

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My experience with growlers is that you should drink it fairly quickly. If the brewery purged the growler with CO2 prior to filling it, then maybe it would last more than a day or two. Otherwise, it seems like oxygenation is going to happen in 24h or less. But that's just been my experience... ymmv

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I'd be more concerned about it getting oxidized than going flat- they're pulling those puppies right off the tap. A week is feasible, but it won't be 'peak'.

Drink that beer yourself, and get a new growler for the meeting.
Oh yeah, I didn't think about oxidation at all. I wish I could get another growler for the meetings, but that brewery is about 2.5 hours drive .
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Ya it will keep if you don't open it. I bottled a growler for a gal and she kept that thing for 3 weeks without opening it and she said it was still carbonated


When is the Chico home brew club meeting?
Date and time? I might be able to make it, if its this next week.
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Ya it will keep if you don't open it. I bottled a growler for a gal and she kept that thing for 3 weeks without opening it and she said it was still carbonated


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Date and time? I might be able to make it, if its this next week.
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I'll keep you posted, but it's usually at 6pm at the SN Brewery on the first thursday of every month. Right above the gift shop on the landing outside the Big Room. I'm not sure about the location because there was an "incident" last meeting. Someone from the meeting walked out with a glass of homebrew into the parking lot and someone thought they drove home. Ken Grossman has been very nice about accomodating the brew club for free for many years, but there may be a liability issue here.

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Ya I heard about it from a member. What a FK'en A$$ hole (it wasen't you was it?) Just kidding I know it wasen't you. The guy is a fairly new member wasen't he? and fairly LOUD from what I hear. Ya keep me posted as to the location or "IF" you all are even going to have one this month.
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Once you crack it I would think you would want to drink it within 2-3 days. Similar to a bottle of wine.

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Ya I heard about it from a member. What a FK'en A$$ hole (it wasen't you was it?) Just kidding I know it wasen't you. The guy is a fairly new member wasen't he? and fairly LOUD from what I hear. Ya keep me posted as to the location or "IF" you all are even going to have one this month.
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Dawn just emailed me and said there WILL be a meeting at the normal time, but it will either be at Sierra Nevada or at Pete's Pizza across the street. When she knows, she will send out an email to everyone. I'll make sure to post back when I get word. Hopefully you can make it...I still need to buy you a beer .
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Once you crack it I would think you would want to drink it within 2-3 days. Similar to a bottle of wine.
Well, I haven't cracked it yet...but they did fill the growler from the tap. I'd really like to share it, but don't want to waste a growler full of "Concentrated Evil".
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