Too Long to Bottle - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Too Long to Bottle
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-13-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
Metzger22
Recipes 
 
Mar 2008
West Virginia
Posts: 62


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.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 09:15 PM   #2
avibayer
Recipes 
 
Jul 2009
new york
Posts: 234
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


smell it, and taste it. if its funky, then bail.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 09:16 PM   #3
Metzger22
Recipes 
 
Mar 2008
West Virginia
Posts: 62

It smells pretty good. I'll give it the taste test.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 09:19 PM   #4
todd_k
 
todd_k's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2006
RVA
Posts: 2,635
Liked 29 Times on 28 Posts


dump it....
__________________
Primary:
Secondary:
Kegged: Smokier Smoked Porter

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 09:26 PM   #5
Nurmey
I love making Beer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Nurmey's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Omaha, NE
Posts: 3,970
Liked 30 Times on 26 Posts


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!
__________________
Batch 1 Brewing
The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 09:29 PM   #6
WIP
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Arlington, Texas
Posts: 792
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by todd_k View Post
dump it....
Facepalm...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 09:29 PM   #7
ChshreCat
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,524
Liked 536 Times on 429 Posts


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.
__________________
"Science + beer = good!"
-Adam Savage

avibayer Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 09:30 PM   #8
ChshreCat
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,524
Liked 536 Times on 429 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by WIP View Post
Facepalm...
I think he's just planning on sitting under the OP's sink with a pipe wrench and a bucket.
__________________
"Science + beer = good!"
-Adam Savage

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 09:37 PM   #9
Nurmey
I love making Beer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Nurmey's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Omaha, NE
Posts: 3,970
Liked 30 Times on 26 Posts


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.
__________________
Batch 1 Brewing
The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 09:47 PM   #10
Reno_eNVy
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
Reno, Nevada
Posts: 6,045
Liked 228 Times on 194 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by todd_k View Post
dump it....
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


__________________
Primary: air and sadness =(

Kegged: air and sadness =(

Bottled: English Barleywine (brewed 9/26/09 -- bottled 5/5/10)


LET'S GO LA!
LA CAMPEONES!
PLAY FOR GLORY, THE GLORY LA!

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How long will it last in the bottle? HoppyDaze Bottling/Kegging 3 03-28-2009 12:16 AM
Bottle Carbing, how long is long enough? PhlyanPan Bottling/Kegging 3 02-26-2009 03:42 PM
How long in a PET bottle? foxtrot General Techniques 4 02-06-2009 03:15 AM
How long in the bottle? grreeknick Cider Forum 6 03-05-2008 12:51 PM
How long is too long...bottle conditioning rcbrew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 03-29-2006 09:58 AM


Forum Jump