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Old 03-18-2010, 04:55 AM   #1
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I poured out 5 gallons of beer that had been in the secondary for over a year.

It was my third batch, after a Mr. Beer kit, and a Cooper's Kit. It was a Cooper's IPA with 5Lbs (probably) of DME instead of sugar. It did not get the death it deserved.

Batch number 2 was infected with something mildly souring, so when I saw the spots appearing on the surface of this one I just couldn't bring myself to do anything with it, and it stayed in the closet while I moved on to other brews. I think the airlock went dry 7 or 8 months ago. At this point, the black furry mass inside the three piece was probably giving it a seal anyway.

As it swirled down the drain it had the most heavenly aroma, like a barleywine lambic. So wonderful that I had to grab the nearest glass (dirty, btw) and try some before it was all gone.

It tasted like nothing. No sourness, no hoppiness, no maltiness. Just a hint of that wonderful aroma with absolutely no flavor at all.

Now I'm just thinking "If I had known what in the hell I was doing, I could have 5 gallons of freaking amazing Lambic style Barleywine instead of a sad and lonely empty carboy."

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Old 03-18-2010, 05:05 AM   #2
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godspeed to your lambic barleywine. it was not known to the world, yet still loved

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Old 03-18-2010, 12:04 PM   #3
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godspeed to your lambic barleywine. it was not known to the world, yet still loved
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:53 PM   #4
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SHAME! furry lambic barleywine is awesome!
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