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Old 12-28-2009, 10:38 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 12-28-2009, 11:16 PM   #2
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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.

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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.

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My cider is better after sitting for a year.
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:52 PM   #5
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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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