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Old 09-02-2006, 01:49 AM   #1
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Sep 2006
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Everything I read says that the beer will get better with age but at some point will the flavor of the beer start to decline? If so, how long before it starts going bad?

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Bottled - Cali. style imperial pale ale (bottled 8-9)

Planning to brew Red Ale 9-9

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Old 09-02-2006, 02:06 AM   #2
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It really varies with the style and frequently the strength. It's one of those semi-contentious issues that not everybody exactly agrees on, but I suppose that's because taste is subjective.

Most hoppy beers will see their hop flavor, or punch, start to decline relatively soon, as in months. Hefeweizens are better enjoyed young to get the full benefit of the esters and phenols which will decline with age.

OTOH, really strong beers like imperial stouts and barleywines will greatly benefit from long-term aging, often around a year, and sometimes more.

So, long story short, it all depends.

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Old 09-02-2006, 02:40 AM   #3
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Hmm...I've yet to find out! I like to see how the flavors combine over the course of several months, but 3 or 4 months is about as long as any beer lasts around here. I read somewhere that most homebrew is best within a year, but that's certainly subject to a lot of variables and criticism.
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Old 09-02-2006, 12:27 PM   #4
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I may never find out! My first batch was ready for drinking mid July and I only have one bottle left. My latest batch was ready 3 days ago and I'm already down
8 bottles. I drank six the other day and tomorrow I have to cut the grass so need I say more?


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Old 09-02-2006, 01:08 PM   #5
Aug 2006
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I may never find out either......... unless I give a 6 pack to a person who is immune to torture, have them take it to a place I don't know about in a sealed box and burry it for 6 months or longer.........
Sounds like too much work. Someone needs to invent a "Aging Machine"
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Bottled and Waiting:
Cherry Wheat Ale #2
Ready to Drink:

Pumpkin Spice Ale
Cheesefood's Carmel Cream Ale
Chocolate Cherry Ale

Planned Batches:
Maple Ale
Past Batches:
Brewnet Brown
American Pilsner
Cherry Wheat Ale #1
Honey Ale

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