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Old 08-28-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default Ever lost 10 gallons of beer for 2 years?

So I load a new 10g batch of Red Ale into a Sanke for fermentation. First batch in years. Take it downstairs to put in the kegerator to ferment. Find 3 kegs. Don't remember them being in there!

Blonde Ale ~ 4%
About 4 gallons left
Primary 5-22-2010
Secondary 6-13-2010
On Gas 6-19-2010

Imperial Stout at 8.93%
Almost a full 5 gallons
Brewed 6-13-2010
Secondary 7-4-2010
On Gas 9-26-2010

Pliney the Elder clone ~ 8%
Maybe 2 gallons left, and dry hopped since I brewed it on 9-Something-2010

Now, it's been a while since I opened that fridge in the back corner of the basement. (My remodel is running a bit... Long) The 5# Co2 tank was still on, and still full! At least I know my kegerator plumbing is solid! I'm sure the lines to the taps are shot.

I guess this is what happens when you set down brewing for 2 years!

So, Place your bets!
After this Red is done, I'm putting these 3 kegs back in the cooler.
What do you make of the odds, on a "OMG That's gonna be great!" to "Not a chance" scale?

My money is on the stout...

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What does the primary pressure gauge on the tank tell us? That's right, the temperature. Put it on a scale if you want to know how much is in it...
Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:33 PM   #2
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Wow! I can't think of any possible situation where I could forget about 3 kegs of beer like that.

For overall quality, yeah, I think the stout will hold up the best. Had you removed the dry hops on the Pliny clone, it might not have been too bad (probably no aroma, but the high bittering is a preservative, so it might have been OK). I'm sure the hops have totally broken down by now, so it's probably a full on vegetable soup.

Curious to see what you think of them.

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Old 08-28-2012, 10:49 PM   #3
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And into the cooler they go!

The coolers were buried behind rolls of insulation and drywall for most of last year. The project progress better now that the wedding is over and other activities have slowed down...

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Put some duct tape over the gauge - Or better yet - Replace the high pressure gauge with a plug - High pressure gauges are useless!
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The stout definitely, the blonde is a tough call. The Pliny will be an ESB at this point with much lower hop aroma than it had when kegged. However, if it is still sound, you can dry hop it again.

My personal "lost" record is 16 months for a big Belgian Blonde. It was nice.

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Let us know how they taste. I bet that stout is delicious but the pliny not so much. The blonde may have held up too.

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Man, that's way better than find $20 in your jeans! More like some cute chick finding $20 in your jeans!

Definitely post how they taste!

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I'm interested too! The stout may still be ok but the blonde is probably horrible. Pliney probably dropped out its aroma and flavor.

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Stout for sure!

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I'd wager they will all be great, especially if sealed up with gas.

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subscribed. I may have missed it but was this cooler running the entire time or were these beers at room temp? That would change my thoughts drastically.

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