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Old 01-21-2009, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Long term Bulk Aging

So in the next 6 months or so I will be taking a prolonged absence from the country and would like to be greeted on my return by a metric butt ton of awesome beer and mead.

What I am looking for is any information on the longest people have bulk aged in carboys. I am looking at 2+ years here so I'm thinking a barleywine, Utopia clone, and some meads.

I'll have to go extract/stovetop unless I can get some of the eastern-mass guys to help me out with some borrowed equipment for a brew session

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Old 01-21-2009, 05:47 PM   #2
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I remember reading/hearing something about someone "losing" a carboy for several years. By the time they found it the airlock was bone dry, but they said the slight oxidization contributed well to the flavor profile. I got the impression that the beer turned out amazing. Don't count on bottle conditioning anything that old, though.

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Where are you going???

You will be fine with anything high ABV. Just make sure you do a really good job of clearing it before you get it into your aging vessel.

I would go sour if I were you. Gueze, red, lambic. Get some bugs going crazy.

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If you've got six months, you could brew up something big now, like a barleywine and bottle it right before you leave. Then it will actually BE ready when you get back, instead of still sitting in secondary (or keg).

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Where are you going???

You will be fine with anything high ABV. Just make sure you do a really good job of clearing it before you get it into your aging vessel.

I would go sour if I were you. Gueze, red, lambic. Get some bugs going crazy.
Not exactly sure yet, don't quite have the details down, but will let everyone know where I know.

I'm usually not a huge fan of sours, but if I am having something go that long, it may be worth having something bugged.

I plan on ditching all of these things in my parent's basement, so they can make sure the airlocks stay full
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If you would be buying more carboys, why not get some kegs instead? No problems with breakage, airlocks or skunking. Easier to handle as well, if the basement floods.

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+1 to kegs.

Anything I bulk-age goes into a corny and set to the side. If it is sealed well you do not have to worry about airlocks, anything getting in (or out), sunlight, curious pets, etc.

Besides, I am sure you can pick up a buttload of kegs cheaper than carboys, and being gone for that long gives you plenty of time to save so you can come home and build a kegerator

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how bout an oak barrel

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+1 kegs. Easiest way to go. I would go with an Imperial Stout perhaps, cider (will store forever), and a barley wine.

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I've just started thinking about this again. 6 months turned to 9, but such is life. Anyway right now my potential line up is a Trippel/Golden Strong, a Barleywine, Russian Imperial Stout, and possibly a lambic. I want to get them all brewed by mid-Octoberish and kegged for while I am gone. My one problem is my equipment isn't making the Colorado-Boston tour, so I need to find somewhere (or someone) to rent equipment from. Anybody know of a place to rent AG equipment in the Boston area? Maybe I'll go on tour and brew with 4 different HBTs this fall.

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