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Old 03-28-2006, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default How long is too long...bottle conditioning

This may be an obscure question......how long can you store bottle brew before it "goes bad"? Is there a length of time you can store bottle brew in a dark, cool place? I realize that certain types of beer may store better than others. But is there a general rule...i.e. wheat beer one year, porter two years, bocks three years, barleywine forever? Just started this hobby in the beginning of the year and was wondering what is the tipping point of conditioning a beer and spoiling it.

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Old 03-28-2006, 12:16 AM   #2
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assuming proper sanitation, good storage temperature & conditions, i'm pretty sure your beer will essentially keep indefinitely.... how long are you planning to store your beers?

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Old 03-28-2006, 12:23 AM   #3
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My first "baby" is a weisenbier. Just like someone hanging on to their first dollar, just wondering how long I could hang on to a six pack?

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Old 03-28-2006, 04:10 PM   #4
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November....deer camp...along with a pack of each of everything else that might be ready! Most important thing about deer camp, beer and food! Have to keep up the 4 star ratings.

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Old 03-28-2006, 04:21 PM   #5
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I've heard and seen reference to wheat beers not lasting as long as many other beers...they're best enjoyed fresh. In my personal experience, I've never kept any around long enough to test that theory.

I have noticed that the hop character of my APA's changes noticeably with time, but again I've never kept one around long enough to say when it became detrimental.

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Old 03-28-2006, 04:29 PM   #6
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if beer last indefinately, whats the point of commercial beers putting born on dates/ best if consumed by dates on their beer? Is it just propoganda or just trying to sell fresh beer even though it doesnt matter if its fresh or 3 years old?

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Old 03-28-2006, 05:31 PM   #7
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beer does not last indefinitley! Fresh beer is WAY better then old ass beer...beer is very perishable. (especially very balanced mega swill types)

But the advantage to homebrewing is that the yeast in the beer will keep the beer fresher longer by scavenging oxygine and what not, keeping the beer from oxidizing. But the catch-22 is that eventially the same yeast will start to autolyse, and ruin your beer with nasty off flavors.

If you keep your beer in the fridge it will last a long time, (assuming of course you have good sanitation, good pitching rates, carefull racking, etc...)

generally bigger, darker beers keep longer, and lighter lower abv stale faster.

id say 6 months for a light pale ale, and years for a strong dark belgian, or barley wine.

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nothing has ever lasted over a year in my place - I had some blueberry bock for a year and it was as good as first day blueberries and all in it - it was an over the top sweet meal and one was plenty but it lasted! no real temp fluctuations at around 60ish.

I'd think most hoppy stuff would loose character and not age well IMO. I love'dem hops!

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Old 03-28-2006, 05:40 PM   #9
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my first brew was a belgian wit and I hung onto that first bottle for like 6 months. I poured it out when I noticed white strands forming vertically down the inside of the bottle. It may have been poor sanitation as a result of a beginner or an indication that beer won't last forever. . . Not really sure which, but I bet the conditions were sanitary for the most part, I've been sloppier since!

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Old 03-28-2006, 07:20 PM   #10
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In my experience I have found that higher gravity beers will hold out longer then lower gravity beers. Some beers Belgian styles, and Barleywines, as well as Thomas Hardy's Ale are designed to be aged. Personally I wouldn't hold onto anything over six-nine month mark.
I usually invite some friends over 2X a year for a tasting event in order turn over all my beer inventory.

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