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dlbarncord 12-28-2009 09:38 PM

Question About Hard Cider or Hard Lemonade
If I brew a hard cider or hard lemonade how long with it last in the bottles. I have heard that beer will last about a year.

malkore 12-28-2009 10:16 PM

Beer has no set expiration. I've 2 year old porter that's wonderful, and I've had light beers go 'funny' in under 3 months.

I've not made cider, but have made apfelwein, and it definitely should age 6 months before it begins to show off its true flavor.

I'd say hard cider or lemonade, if stored properly, would be good at least 1 year in the bottle.

Hell I have 11 year old mead that was never sorbated or sulfited, and wasn't stored the best, and its still amazing.

Stormrider51 12-28-2009 11:14 PM

A lot depends on how and where it is stored. Keep it in a cool dark place and it will last almost forever as long as it isn't opened.


BBBF 12-29-2009 05:48 PM

My cider is better after sitting for a year.

homebrewer_99 12-29-2009 08:52 PM

I'm still drinking a dubbel from 2006.

I have a mead from 1994...that'll be drunk next year...;)

I have bottled meads and ciders as well as kegs of beer several years old.

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