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Old 02-22-2011, 01:54 PM   #1
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Default Is 8-9 months in the bottle too long?

I would like to brew a holiday ale but I would prefer to do it now and let it condition in the bottle 'till fall/winter. Is that to long to let it sit? I would hate to wait 8 or 9 months just to find out my ale has gone bad... is there a standard time period in which any bottled homebrew should be consumed?

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Old 02-22-2011, 01:55 PM   #2
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Unless you have a track record of infections it should be fine.

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Old 02-22-2011, 02:06 PM   #3
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LOL ok sounds good... considering I've only brewed a few batches and don't really have a track record at all

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Now is the time to brew high gravity beers for next winter! Plan ahead, then when the
"snow" flies down there, you'll have some good brew to keep you warm.

I'm planning to do a mead & a barley wine for sure, maybe a couple others. Of course, I need a little more oomph to keep me warm up here

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Perfect time for holiday ales, right now. Thanks for reminding me!

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OXYGEN is your enemy. I respect you admitting your noob status, but as such, NO BUBBLES.

Perfect your bottling technique before attempting a long term bottled beer.

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Now is the time to brew high gravity beers for next winter! Plan ahead, then when the
"snow" flies down there, you'll have some good brew to keep you warm.
HAHA! I WISH it snowed where I live! We just get a ton of cold A$$ rain.

Thanks for the advice everyone! I think I'm going to just go for it... worst case I end up brewing another batch in early fall.
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Your beer will be fine in 8 or 9 months. Especially something high gravity.

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Good to hear. I bottled a Christmas beer in November or early December that wasn't ready this year and I have two cases sitting in a dark closet for next year. I'm hoping the most expensive brew I've done so far is awesome about 9-10 months from now.

What temp should beer that's already carbonated sit at to age for that long?

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OXYGEN is your enemy. I respect you admitting your noob status, but as such, NO BUBBLES.

Perfect your bottling technique before attempting a long term bottled beer.
how do you bottle without getting any bubbles. some of those bubbles are CO2 being released
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