Does anyone know the shelf life of homebrew? My brew is typically not around long enough for it to be a concern. However, I have a few brews now that I would like to submit in HB contest the first week of Novemeber.
Thanks in advance.
Born Brewing Co.
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I have read 6 months to a year depending on storage temps, the amount of hops, proper sanitation, etc. I have tried a few of mine at well over a year and they still tasted okay, but getting a little stale (for lack of a better term)
The best way to store malt is to combine it with water, hops and yeast... -Charlie Papazian
The majority of your average ales will hit their peak in 6 - 8 months. There are always beers that are best young and many that age very well. If you think the taste of your beer is at its best right now then I'd crash them so they'd be at their clearest and it'll stop the aging process. If not, put them somewhere dark that'll stay in the neighborhood of 65 - 70°F until you're ready to ship them out.
On Tap -
3 year old Oak Aged Bourbon Porter
Irish Red Rye
Russian Imperial Stout
Mirror Pond Clone dry hopped with Citra
Mirror Pond Clone dry hopped with Centennial
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From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world. -- Saint Arnoldus
If you keg your beer, your best bet is to wait until the last minute to bottle it from the keg before sending it off. I've had keg beer last 4 or 5 months. I'm swearing off counter pressure bottling and now filling right from the tap. If you bottle condition your beer, I think long term storage is pretty stable.