this might be a broad question from a noob but what what would you say the typical life span for an average homebrew ale would be, in a bottle and then in a keg at room temp. also what effects this? temp, light?
also what could you do to lengthen the life of your brews?
Most beer that you will brew wont even begin to taste its best until it has aged for 2 or 3 months. So i'd say a year atleast without hesitation but none of mine seems to last that long so i don't worry about a beer "going bad"
When I've let them last so long, I've had batches last over a year. Now, those were moderately strong (OG~1.055-60), well hopped ales, or they were lagers of about the same strength. I also keep my beer cold, around 34-35F.
Beer is good for anything from hot dogs to heartache.