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Old 04-10-2008, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default **NEWB***Can I age a beer in the bottles?

I am very very new to brewing....

I just made my second batch of beer, and my first without a kit. I made a standard dark ale. I fermented it for two weeks and bottle conditioned it right after. I plan on letting it sit for 5-6 weeks. Any idea if it will age alright in the bottles, or will I be dumping it?

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Old 04-10-2008, 06:20 PM   #2
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You will be fine, the longer you let it sit the better it's going to be. So 5-6 weeks should be good.

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You usually age beer in the bottles.

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5-6 weeks is not really aging - it's just getting ready. For a bigger ale, 5-6 months in the bottle might be much more common.

Edit: it doesn't age in the fridge, so if you're 'aging' beer - make sure it's out where yeasties can do their business.

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Old 04-10-2008, 06:40 PM   #5
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I am leaving them at the fermenting temperature for the 5-6 weeks. Some may stay a long time. I also have them in cardboard boxes, placed inside large covered bins. This eliminates a mess if an explosion occurs.

Also, I learned for the first batch that the last beers I drank (1 year after the fermentation) were SOOO much better then the first ones (2 months out).

Does anyone have a good recipe for strong hop tasting ale? Please be specific with instructions... I only recently lost my brewing cherry...

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Check out the recipe database for any of the IPAs. If you like hops, this forum will show you some massive hop.

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While you know what your tastes are, I had an extremely hoppy beer last night and I didn't like it. Everything in moderation.

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While you know what your tastes are, I had an extremely hoppy beer last night and I didn't like it. Everything in moderation.
I agree 100% Just like good spicy food, there is a point where you no longer appreciate (taste) the quality of the other ingredients.
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I have some beers that I have aged for over 14 months and they are still getting better! Enter the Beasts!

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try a lot of aroma hops, and less bittering. it's awesome... learn to balance it with the malts and your set... but then to each thier own

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