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Old 08-03-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Hello, I recently started brewing again for the first time in about year and a half. I went out and bought a small brew kit and everything has been going fine with it. Now I had a large brew kit and I got it started and had it in the carboy...then life kicked in and moved etc etc and this beer has been in my carboy for about 18 months now lol! Is there any chance to keep it and redo some of the process or should I just turf it? Thanks!

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Old 08-03-2014, 12:10 PM   #2
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I'd package it as normal and give it a taste. Who knows, it may be the best beer you ever had.


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Old 08-03-2014, 12:41 PM   #3
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I'd give it a taste first to see if I wanted to package it. The beer could be just great or with that amount of time you could have yeast autolysis and if the flavor is already bad, why package it.
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:40 PM   #4
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Should I re-ferment it? then back into the carboy? anything special to do?

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Old 08-03-2014, 05:59 PM   #5
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If a sample tastes OK and there are no signs of infection, go for it. The yeast may not be viable so rehydrate about 1/4 packet of dry yeast and add to the bottling bucket along with your priming sugar. Bottle it and see what happens.

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Old 08-04-2014, 12:07 PM   #6
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Thank You Everyone

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Old 08-04-2014, 12:53 PM   #7
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What kind of beer was it? higher gravity, stronger beers hold up to time better than smaller beers...... If it was a Barley Wine..... good for you. If it was a hefeweizen or british bitter - probably not so much.

There is nothing left to "ferment again"...... as mentioned, taste it and see what it tastes like. If it tastes good (good enough) rack to bottling bucket with priming sugar and new (rehydrated) dry yeast. Bottle as normal. If it is bad, it is not going to get better and there really isn't anything you are going to do to make it better (IMO).

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Old 08-05-2014, 12:47 AM   #8
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:16 AM   #9
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18 months and it doesn't smell like rotten hamburger?
Really wonder how it's gonna turn out

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