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burns007 01-07-2013 01:53 AM

How old is too old
How long does home brew in bottles last in the refrigerator?

freisste 01-08-2013 01:46 PM

I've never pushed it. My brews always got better and better, never peaked and started going downhill (aside from losing hops aroma). At least 6 months, but lots of beers get better and better from aging, even into years. A friend of mine brewed a Belgian tripple and it was bad after 6 months, good after a year, and great after 18 months.

Does anyone let beer sit around until it is bad? Mine only sits around until it is enjoyed :).

Revvy 01-08-2013 01:56 PM

Beer doesn't go "bad" unless your sanitization is weak. Since nothing PATHOGENIC can exist in beer/wine/cider/mead, there should never be a reason to ever fear tasting something like this, no matter how old it is. Yeah, it may taste like crap, it may be vinegar, but NOTHING that could happen, could ever cause harm to anyone.

Beer is really no different than wine, homebrew or otherwise. Properly stored it can last and be drinkable for 100s of years.

To put it in perspective, in the Dec 07 Zymurgy Charlie Papazian reviewed bottles of homebrew going back to the first AHC competition that he had stored, and none of them went bad, some had not held up but most of them he felt were awesome...We're talking over 20 years worth of beers.

This is a great thread about one of our guys tasting 4-5 years of his stored brew.


And I brewed an og 1.150, 150 IBU barleywine that I won't be opening for 5 years.

Not to mention the fact that there are vertical tasting for certain beers like Stone epic, where people collect each years beer and then sample a flight of them going back in time.

I just had this expericence not too long ago... We tried 48 year old beer today. One was interesting and drinkable, and one was gnarly.

Mbowenze has a thread about tasting an over 100 year old beer recently. And In my history thread there's a video of the OZ and James Drink to Britain tv series where they taste a beer older than that.....one that goes back to Napoleanic times iirc.

Frige 01-08-2013 01:56 PM

Mine last about 2 weeks....;)

rodwha 01-08-2013 06:11 PM

I'm curious about those "born on dates" and best by dates. It seems they give a window of a few months or so.

IanPC 01-08-2013 10:46 PM

I drank a 12 year old home brewed stout. It was never refrigerated. It tasted ok. I would look up what types are good for cellering.

dozer5454 01-08-2013 11:53 PM

Born on dates (IE: Budweiser) have that there because there is almost no grain wort a darn in it. The beer loses its taste quickly so they want you to drink it fresh. Beers like Pliny the Elder have a fresh hop taste and are not to be stored as the hop character will begin to fade quickly. I cloned Flying Dog's Gonzo Porter 8 months ago. It came out at 9.6% abv. It still tastes amazing.

rodwha 01-09-2013 12:04 AM

IPA's and wheat beers are the only ones I'm aware of that may not be as good aged.

Cheapo 01-09-2013 02:11 AM

So what makes them better by aging? If something very choppy like an IPA is better fresher, and the watery thin lagers are best sooner, what defines a 'better with age' beer?

hinkle 01-09-2013 02:34 AM


Originally Posted by Frige (Post 4760501)
Mine last about 2 weeks....;)

:cross: How do I like this one twice?

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