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Old 10-26-2011, 12:40 AM   #1
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Hi all just got a few questions from a beginner. I just completed my first batch and it came out good. I thought it was gonna be a flop but thanks to good advice it was a success. (thanks all from Fermenting Hot!) Well here it goes......

1. Can My home made beer go bad?

2. How long can I keep my beer in the bottle either cold or hot?

3. If it can go bad how do I prevent it?

Just some things I was wondering about. My beer doesnt hang around long anyway but just incase. I wanted to keep some of each batch for friends or company I want to know how to keep it and how long.

Till Then.....Brew On!

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Old 10-26-2011, 12:53 AM   #2
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I guess it depends on what you mean by "bad". Assuming you were vigilant in ensuring proper sanitation and depending on the style, it could last for years. That being said, there are many things you can do throughout the process that can cause your beer to have off flavors but you won't get sick. Focusing on a consistent process and expanding your brewing knowledge will not only ensure that your beer will stay fresh but will also improve the quality. Focus on your process and enjoy your beer. You'll soon find that you'll be brewing all of the time just to keep up with the demand.

Also do a search on beers that age well. It may help you on future styles to brew.

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I guess it depends on what you mean by "bad". Assuming you were vigilant in ensuring proper sanitation and depending on the style, it could last for years. That being said, there are many things you can do throughout the process that can cause your beer to have off flavors but you won't get sick. Focusing on a consistent process and expanding your brewing knowledge will not only ensure that your beer will stay fresh but will also improve the quality. Focus on your process and enjoy your beer. You'll soon find that you'll be brewing all of the time just to keep up with the demand.

Also do a search on beers that age well. It may help you on future styles to brew.
Scoundrel thank you very much for your advise. By bad I mean spoiled. Can it become sour or spoiled like milk? Does it need to be kept refrigerated or can it sit warm in the bottle?
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Keep it in the dark, not to warm but basement temps are good and it will keep for a long time.

I am sure the Revvy will chime in with his story about brews that have been submitted to competitions for the last 20 years still tasting good.

I doubt that it will spoil before you drink it if you store it properly. In fact some beers improve with age. I have a couple of Belgians that are approaching a year in bottles and they are getting better.

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Alcohol does not spoil, It could have an infection of wild yeast making it overcarb/become tasteless depending. It could lose flavor or turn cardboardish if it becomes oxidized, but from my year experience and still having some almost a year old, i would say no.But celler them if you can after 3-4 months, but ive always kept mine 58-70 thruought the year. I dont recommend conditoning around 80 deg though, i think i may have had flavor issues with those temps.Your good with a few months of room temp then if you want decrese to celler temps. But like i said most of mine and a variety of styles, have been fine around 60.

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Old 10-26-2011, 03:10 AM   #6
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Alcohol does not spoil
Spoil no, but sour yes. If by chance your beer was introduced to a wild yeast strain it could go sour but this unlikely unless you did it on purpose with Brettanomyces, but that's a whole different discussion. Additionally, if you don't have a good seal on the caps you could get the oxidized cardboard taste, already mentioned, or if fruit flies get to it, vinegar.

If you want to save it for years you can dip them in wax but the bottom line is you'll be lucky if the batch you brewed lasts 6 weeks.

This is just my opinion. If I had to do it all over again, if you want to age beer, I would say ditch bottles (for now) and focus on a kegging system. Think of it this way, you'll clean one bottle (keg) instead of 54 and you can build a beer cellar. I have 8 kegs in my basement, perfectly carbed and some are well over a year old. My barley wine just hit 2 years and tastes great. It's flexible and you can build a big stash. Anyway, welcome and keep it up! Brewing is addicting.
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6 weeks= wrong. Not from my experinece and only a year.Ive had a pumpkin get awesome after 6 months,and not one beer out of many styles get noticably worse, i havnt dry hoppedn much but im shure those lose edge but even my ipa's and pale ales are consistently currently good.
Ive onlly had one beer sour and it was a gruit ale with healthfood store bought yarrow, i think i bittered too much with this dry herb and got a very tart lemon flavor,but very summery and quenching, just tart and puckering, other than that no sour and nothing bad and most of my beers have tasted better over a few months. Even this one is starting to lose its lemony tartness and get a little mellower, ill hang on to it another year to see what happens.
A batch lastin 6 weeks is simply untrue, and if i were scoundrel i would question my brewing habits. I dont even consider my beers at there peek until about 5-8 weeks bottled. Maybe more.

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6 weeks= wrong. Not from my experinece and only a year.Ive had a pumpkin get awesome after 6 months,and not one beer out of many styles get noticably worse, i havnt dry hoppedn much but im shure those lose edge but even my ipa's and pale ales are consistently currently good.
Ive onlly had one beer sour and it was a gruit ale with healthfood store bought yarrow, i think i bittered too much with this dry herb and got a very tart lemon flavor,but very summery and quenching, just tart and puckering, other than that no sour and nothing bad and most of my beers have tasted better over a few months. Even this one is starting to lose its lemony tartness and get a little mellower, ill hang on to it another year to see what happens.
A batch lastin 6 weeks is simply untrue, and if i were scoundrel i would question my brewing habits. I dont even consider my beers at there peek until about 5-8 weeks bottled. Maybe more.

You misunderstood. I meant that as a beginner your beer will only last 6 weeks BECAUSE YOU DRINK IT! But I guess you saw an opportunity to show how "awesome" a brewer you are and $h!T on someone else's brewing habits. Tact=None. Gotta love the know-it-all.
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You misunderstood. I meant that as a beginner your beer will only last 6 weeks BECAUSE YOU DRINK IT! But I guess you saw an opportunity to show how "awesome" a brewer you are and $h!T on someone else's brewing habits. Tact=None. Gotta love the know-it-all.
Scoundrel you made me LMFAO= laugh my ****ing ass off!!!!



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You misunderstood. I meant that as a beginner your beer will only last 6 weeks BECAUSE YOU DRINK IT! But I guess you saw an opportunity to show how "awesome" a brewer you are and $h!T on someone else's brewing habits. Tact=None. Gotta love the know-it-all.
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