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Old 02-16-2011, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Left in fermentor for over four months, still good?

I have a batch of Irish Pub Ale that has been sitting in my fermenter for about 4 months now. With the holidays and all of that stuff it kind of gotten pushed aside. Do you think it is still good or should I just dump it? It would be a shame to waste a kit. I am going to bottle it. (Kegs are for the summer months.)

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Old 02-16-2011, 05:33 PM   #2
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I bet it is awesome.

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Old 02-16-2011, 05:33 PM   #3
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Sounds like you've already answered your question. It should be fine, bottle it, taste it and let us know. Although, it sounds as if you are going to have one helluva good Irish Pub Ale on your hands.

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Sounds like you've already answered your question. It should be fine, bottle it, taste it and let us know. Although, it sounds as if you are going to have one helluva good Irish Pub Ale on your hands.

Thanks! I am going to bottle it this weeeknd. I will let you guys know how it turns out.
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You can simply taste it and see if it tastes like flat beer or wet cardboard. No reason to go through all the effort of bottling if it is the latter.

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You can simply taste it and see if it tastes like flat beer or wet cardboard. No reason to go through all the effort of bottling if it is the latter.
I am not a fan of wet cardboard. I haven't brewed in a while and I am out of the loop. Thanks.
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I sure hope so. I have a Saison and a robust porter I brewed right before deploying that will be in the primaries a lot longer than that. I had my wife set the temp down to 38 after a month so now they're just cold conditioning, although on the yeast.

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I had an Octoberfest that was in secondary and noticed that it appeared to have a lactobacillus infection - so I left it, for ONE YEAR in the carboy. The airlock went dry and it developed a nice pellicle. I finally, tasted it and then kegged it. Now I say it is a Flanders red. Tastes pretty damn good!!!

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Thanks for all the input. Feeling pretty confident it will be tasty.

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I predict tasty. Probably not great, but tasty.

I had a fermenter go for 9 months once. A neighbor had split a batch with me and took his 5G home to ferment. Nine months later, he told me he'd forgotten about it.

We bottled and drank it. It wasn't bad. Although it started life as an IPA, it made an OK amber after 9 months on the yeast. No nose left, of course.

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