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Old 10-26-2010, 04:26 AM   #11
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Now that I have a Keg System I always have one under pressure and in reserve, then I have a 6 pack in storage of my last 3 or 4 brews for handing out to those who want to try. Any thing to never run out.

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Old 10-26-2010, 04:36 AM   #12
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nah. One of the kegs is a Belgium that is going to sit until Christmas 2011. My wife is having a 30th birthday party for me the beginning of November and the following week we are having a poker tournament, so most of the remainder will be gone after that.
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:39 AM   #13
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fair enough have fun. btw how do you figure and expiration date for a homebrew?

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Old 10-26-2010, 04:44 AM   #14
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Whenever it goes through my digestive system, it's expired!
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:49 AM   #15
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lol true that. i kind of want to brew a barley wine but it takes too long ill just buy some of the three floyds barley wine when it comes out.

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Old 10-26-2010, 05:14 AM   #16
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I've never done a barleywine myself yet. I will do one, just not sure when. It helps to have a fair amount of carboys (I have 9 now) and kegs. I just got into kegging recently so I only have 6 five gallon cornies. I want to get atleast three times that many to do more aging.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:12 AM   #17
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I brew 2.5 gallon batches 3-6 times a month. I have five 3 gallon Better Bottles. I like the smaller amount, because it works for me in many ways: unless I'm brewing over 7%ABV I do a no-sparge mash, and that gets me done in about three hours, including clean_up; 2.5g is a lot lighter to carry; I can brew more and different beers without building up a huge supply that I can't really store, when I brew it cost under $20 annd I don't really worry about saving pennies with a small amount.
Oops! I guess I missed the question of the OP. I have no more than three cases in reserve at any given time, and I save one 22oz archive bottle for about a year then have a Drink the Archives party. I haven't brewed anything over 7% yet, so nothing has had to be aged that long.

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Old 10-26-2010, 06:45 AM   #18
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I stow some, drink some, bring some back out, & surprise some friends with last years cider or High Gravity beers... depends... on average usually have 50 to 75 in reserve of mixed high gravity stuff, meads, and sessions.
I Took 5 gallons of a session beer on a camp out (cream ale) drank 3/4 keg or more no prob! WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE... burn off the sessions!. will be kegging every 3rd batch of sessions to keep on draft and take camping and to parties from here on!!!

Sessions like pales, browns & milds are fast drinkers. I try to kill those in 6 months or less. ( a few beers a night, plus house dart night give a ways and shooting the **** with neighbors.) If 100 beers under the sink I start to give away a bunch... Christmas is a good time. I'm always stocked if some one brings a gift and I have nothing! 6pack of home brew says "I love ya!"

I'm Putting down a 5gal batch of cider this week to ferm. hope to make it last a year... stretched 2.5 gallons 8 months But I want more!!! It was goodness in a glass.

Olde ale is coming out of secondary in November to carb up... should have that 50 bottles for several years if it's good!!!! Brett goodness... will break a few bottles of 12% goodness 5 times a year.... Christmas, new years, thanksgiving, Bday, and divorce anniversary!

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Right Now I have 250 bottles full, 8 gallons in kegs, & 11 gallons fermenting.

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Right Now I have 250 bottles full, 8 gallons in kegs, & 11 gallons fermenting.
You Da' Man! When's the party at your house!!!
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