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Old 02-29-2008, 01:37 PM   #1
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I am going home early to brew a Leap Year Brew. Granted I don't know if I can wait till it turns 1 year old before I drink it. I was thinking of doing "Brewpastor's" Water Into Barleywine. Anyone else planning anything special?

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Nope, just brewed a couple beers in the last week and don't have the patience to wait a whole year to taste a beer.

However in the mead section several people are planning on making a mead to drink at the next leap year. If you think the patience for one year is bad try waiting for 4.

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I'm going to brew a spiced Old Ale and save it for Christmas.

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If you think the patience for one year is bad try waiting for 4.

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That was the plan. Put it away and forget about it for 4 years
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See the mead thread for HBTs leap year mead.

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That was the plan. Put it away and forget about it for 4 years
I don't think I'll be able to keep any of this year's special Christmas brew around that long, but 2 years isn't unreasonable.
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Not Mead, Beer.
So I'm the only one? Will it not age correctly? Whats the deal? These are going into bottles, so I don't have to worry about space in the fridge.

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So I'm the only one? Will it not age correctly? Whats the deal? These are going into bottles, so I don't have to worry about space in the fridge.
As long as your sanitation is good, there is no problem keeping bottled beer around for 4 years or more. The Barley Wine you are planning seems like a good one to do that with.
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I'm going to make the starter today, which technically will mean the beer was started on 2/29. Its going to be a sour beer of some sort that will age for 4 years hopefully. I was thinking a Gueze, every year brew another batch, blend on the third year, then age one more year in bottle to drink next leap year. But I've already got pLambic brewed to make a Gueze with already. So I'm trying to think what I want my next sour/funky beer to be, probably higher gravity if its going to be four years, but really doesn't have to be. We'll see.

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Not Mead, Beer.
So I'm the only one? Will it not age correctly? Whats the deal? These are going into bottles, so I don't have to worry about space in the fridge.
I thought you were only aging the Barleywine for one year.
My only concern with holding on to the entire batch for 4 years is that there is a fair chance it will start degrading in quality before you even taste it. I would expect a barleywine to get better for atleast a year. 4years it should still be good but I would expect it to be on the down hill side by then.

I won't be letting any of my beers get that old except for maybe a few individual bottles for experimentation purposes.
Hmmm ... Maybe I will save a bottle or two of my Midas Touch clone until the next leap year. I just brewed this a couple weeks ago so its pretty close to the leap day and at 1.092 OG it should age reasonably well.

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