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Old 05-18-2014, 03:21 AM   #1
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Not quite sure where to post this, so I am posting it in the general area. My wife and I are expecting our first kid this September and I was wanting to brew something for the occasion. Basically I was thinking of brewing something, either a beer or wine, just before the baby comes and letting it age for 21 years to enjoy with the kid when they can legally drink.

So my question to all of you is what would be a good alcoholic beverage to make/brew for such an occasion? Any input is appreciated.

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Old 05-18-2014, 04:39 AM   #2
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I've seen posts similar to this a few times. I think the consensus was some type of barleywine, but I can't remember. Do a search and you'll find some answers.


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Old 05-18-2014, 05:20 AM   #3
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Congrats!!!

My wife and I had our first one last September, and we brewed an IPA "for" him. It turned out great, but it was more of a "party favor" beer for family and friends, we even gave a couple of bombers to her OB/GYN (who also brews!). We weren't looking for a long term storage kind of thing. Celebrate the moment! We even had some custom labels made up with his picture from the day he was born, still in the hospital.

I'll tell you this, is was tough timing everything to coincide around his birth! The beer actually finished in the secondary a few days after he was born, so it worked perfectly to force carb in a keg and bottle within a week. I actually ordered the labels from the hospital room!

Anyway, enough of my reminiscing!

We do plan on brewing the same recipe every year for his birthday, as a present for us, and, eventually, for him! 😉


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Old 05-18-2014, 07:09 AM   #4
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In most states you can legally serve alcoholic beverages to your children in your home whenever you (in your capacity as a parent) deem it appropriate. I'd suggest offering samples whenever your child is curious about what you are drinking. Starting out with the assumption that your children wont drink at all until they are 21 is just silly and not well grounded in reality. Teaching your future kids to be a connoisseur, that drinking in moderation is a normal part of life, and demystifying alcoholic beverages in general will do far more to set them up for success in life than brewing any awesome well aged home-brew for them to enjoy (or not) at some arbitrary point in the future.

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Old 05-18-2014, 07:22 AM   #5
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These kinda things always sound like a good idea but after 21 years a homebrew, even a barleywine is probably going to be really oxidized and taste terrible.

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Afro_Lou, I like your idea of brewing the same thing each year on his birthday. That would get around my worry of having something horrible in 21 years and not knowing it.

Renoun, I plan on introducing our kid to alcohol well before he is 21. I am thinking of more along the lines of something for his "official" first drink.

Is there anything you could age in say a whisky barrel that may hold up better for a couple decades? The hard part is finding something that won't taste horrible in 21 years.

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Old 05-18-2014, 04:39 PM   #7
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a 21 year old beer is a baby compared to some of these http://zythophile.wordpress.com/2012...c-ale-tasting/

brew as big as you can (OG > 1.110). Avoid styles dependant on hop character because it will be long gone by the time you open it. Your best bet would probably be an imperial stout, barley wine or scotch ale. Make sure you use heavy bottles with corks and cages.

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I'm not the most experienced brewer but I'd recommend a mead, maybe a wine, but September is awfully quick to try to get a wine. I think 21 years is too long for a barelywine or even a Belgian (St Bernardus 12 says you can age it for 15 years but that is shy of your mark).

My first brew was a mead that used really basic/primitive tools that I made for my wedding. It was made in less than 9 months and was good at the time. We opened a bottle not too long ago, almost 8 years later, and it was amazing. It should last the 21 years you want AS LONG AS YOU TAKE CARE OF IT.

I would recommend a sweet mead that borders on a sack mead. I would start it ASAP. A few weeks before your wife is due I'd bottle one bottle, or enough for everyone that you want to share the initial brew with, at that time. I'd let the rest sit for up to a year in a secondary and then bottle it and let it sit.

As an alternative you could make a barelywine, drink it young when she/he is born and then let the rest age and have it annually till it's gone or weird. Then on or round her/his 20th birthday he/she could help you make the same recipe that you both would enjoy the following year at the age of 21.

Just my 2 cents

At any rate congrats and enjoy it!

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Mead is a cool idea too but read the zythophile post I linked to. All of those beers (big barley wines, burton ales and IRS) were brewed and packaged on "primitive" systems with questionable sanitation and most were aged in wood before the discovery of brettanomyces. Don't fear it going weird. Thats half the fun.

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Old 05-19-2014, 04:25 AM   #10
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What is you buy a nice single barrel bourbon..... let it age for 21 years....

and then make a stout or wee heavy using it six months to a year before their birthday?

Just another idea....

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