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Slowfro 03-03-2011 12:49 PM

Old Homebrew
So I scored a deal on craigslist yesterday picking up extra equipment...plastic pail fermenter, 6 1/2gallon carboy, bottling bucket, 3 cases of bottles, capper, hydrometer, and a bunch of misc stuff. The guy also mentioned he had a 12-pack of homebrew left that I could take to dump out for the bottles (23oz so of course I was on it). He said the beer was brewed at least a year and a half ago so it wouldn't be any good. Would YOU drink it? I made a stout and kept a 6er for a year and it was still really good so I'm kind of optimistic about the stuff.

I'm probably going to chill one down and try it as I brew tonight, just wanted to see how old of homebrew you've all had.

runningweird 03-03-2011 12:54 PM

it depends on what it was, its probably still good. unless the guy made bad beer. try it.

Slowfro 03-03-2011 12:56 PM

I plan to try it. He said there was a stout and an amber. I figure the stout is still good, as long as it started off "good".

Part of me kind of wishes the beer isn't any good so I can dump it in good conscience so I have the 23oz bottles available for my APA I'll be bottling this weekend, but I won't complain at all if it turns out to be good beer. I've just never had beer sitting around my house for that long to know!

mutedog 03-03-2011 01:13 PM

You at least have to try it.

I got a ton of old bottles from a guy cleaning out his parent's house and he had a bottle of wine from the 70's. The label said it was white wine but the liquid inside was the color of whiskey. Still, I had to at least give it a taste. ;)

strat_thru_marshall 03-03-2011 01:22 PM

while I'd say try it for sure, it makes you wonder....guy is liquidating his home brew stuff, and never drank those bottles. It doesn't sound like he was intentionally cellaring them.

To answer your question, I have had the pleasure of sampling 8 and 9 year old Barleywines that were homebrewed by one of our club members (who is a master home brewer). There arent really words to accurately convey...

Revvy 03-03-2011 01:22 PM

In the Dec 07 Zymurgy Charlie Papazian reviewed bottles of homebrew going back to the first AHC competition that he had stored, and none of them went bad, some had not held up but most of them he felt were awesome...We're talking over 20 years worth of beers.

This is a great thread about one of our guys tasting 4-5 years of his stored brew.


Beer's like wine, a lot of them improve with age....That's why stone has "vertical epic" with vintage, and people have vertical tasting parties

I made a beer that won't even be opened before 5 years go by on . http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/help...recipe-195096/

The first beer I brewed was a sweet stout. And I got 3 years out of it. But I didn't put any more bottles aside to see.

It won't be the same beer, but who says it won't be a great beer.

Since nothing pathogenic can grow in beer there's no reason NOT to try it.

Clef051 03-03-2011 01:31 PM

I've had brews I made that where sitting around for more than a year and they didn't go bad(or at least any worse than they originally where). Some I intentionally aged and some I didn't. I say try it though.

bknifefight 03-03-2011 03:10 PM


Originally Posted by runningweird (Post 2699645)
unless the guy made bad beer.

He may be selling everything because he made nothing BUT bad beer! I'd try it anyways :cross:

conpewter 03-03-2011 03:53 PM

I'd try them. I bought out a guy who was getting out of the hobby due to alcoholism, so it could be good beer :)

str8wire 03-03-2011 06:18 PM

maybe he laced them with something and is waiting outside your house right now...just waiting on you to hit the ground, so he can come in and steal your stuff

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