So...you know that axiom that beer making is a perfect hobby for lazy people? Well, I think I embody the very meaning of that concept.
In the early summer of 2010, I decided to make my first batch of Apfelwein. Being the lazy person I am, it actually sat in the fermenter for about six months. When I finally got around to attempting to bottle it, I only got to the point of transfering it out of the fermenter and into a 5 gal bucket to let it settle for a couple days.
More than a year later, it's still sitting in that 5 gallon bucket in the basement. It's been covered all this time to keep the dust and bugs out, but in no way can it be considered air tight. There are no floaters or other mysterious object in the Apfelwein so I am pretty sure the ABV was/is high enough to prevent any kind of contamination.
I think I will try a nice cold glass of it this evening....