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Old 11-24-2012, 01:36 AM   #1
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Default REALLY long primary. Beer still ok?

I had made my second batch (a sweet/milk stout) back and March. I had some trouble with it not reaching the FG it was supposed to and ended up giving up on it. I never actually dumped it though and I'm wondering if it is still ok to continue on with. I just took a peek and there doesn't seem to be any kind of infection or anything visibly wrong with it, but I wasn't sure if it sitting on the yeast for 8+ months would create some terrible flavors.

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Old 11-24-2012, 01:37 AM   #2
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I had made my second batch (a sweet/milk stout) back and March. I had some trouble with it not reaching the FG it was supposed to and ended up giving up on it. I never actually dumped it though and I'm wondering if it is still ok to continue on with. I just took a peek and there doesn't seem to be any kind of infection or anything visibly wrong with it, but I wasn't sure if it sitting on the yeast for 8+ months would create some terrible flavors.
Taste it! What really have you got to lose at this point?
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:41 AM   #3
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+1 on giving it the old taste test. If there are no off flavors in it, bottle/keg it up and drink it.

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It certainly won't taste good if you dump it.

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You might have some off flavors from dead yeasts and some processes they undergo once they die but who knows...you may have an awesome beer. Try it. Let us know!

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Old 11-24-2012, 01:50 AM   #6
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You might have some off flavors from dead yeasts and some processes they undergo once they die but who knows...you may have an awesome beer. Try it. Let us know!
Home brewers have gone over 6 months in primary before with zero issues. It's more likely he'll have a great brew to bottle/keg and drink.

I've gone over three months in primary with zero issues already.
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