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Old 12-13-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
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Okay, I have a Cali. Common that has been in the secondary fermenter (corney keg) for seven months. That's right seven (7) months. It's a long story. Basically I got deployed to Afghanistan again and the neglected brew remained alone in the basement until my return. It hasn't been exposed to any high temps but the basement does get down to around fifty degrees this time of year. My question is would you guys bottle it? What are some issues it could have. I assume there will be some off flavors. But if it's salvagable then great. Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-13-2009, 09:15 PM   #2
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smell it, and taste it. if its funky, then bail.

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Old 12-13-2009, 09:16 PM   #3
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It smells pretty good. I'll give it the taste test.

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Old 12-13-2009, 09:19 PM   #4
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:26 PM   #5
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I've made many of batches that went that long in the secondary and they were all good. I can't even imaging why you even asking? Bottle it!

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If it tastes good, go for it. I don't know if you'll have carbonation issues after going that long in secondary though. You could line up your bottles and drop in just a couple grains of dry yeast into each one and then bottle, just to be safe.

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The only batch I added extra yeast to was one that sat 18 months. It won't hurt to add more if you are worried about carbonation. I hydrated about a third of a packet of yeast and added it to bottling bucket and gave it a gentle stir.

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What's up, Negative Nancy.

Hopefully sitting on the yeast for that long will have allowed for most undesirable byproducts to have been cleaned up; important for a California Common. The long time could have also produced off-flavors resulting from autolysis (cell death / explosion) but that is highly debated; I personally don't worry about it and haven't detected any off-flavors from a long time on the yeast cake.

Bottom-line, if it tastes and smells good in your opinion, then bottle that mother up. If you're not crazy about it, bottle it up and send it my way ^_^

The only thing I can see going slightly wrong is that carbonation in the bottles will be a bit sluggish; probably won't fully carb until week 4 or 5. But otherwise you should be golden
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