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Old 06-22-2010, 03:06 AM   #1
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So I've saved a 6pk each of the first 7 batches or so of homebrew. I'm debating just drinking them, some of them are delish! (My American Apricot Wheat was the best).

I'm starting to run out of space. I could use more empties for upcoming beers sitting in both my primary and secondary Etc.

My questions to you is:

Do you wish you would have saved some of your original homebrews? Will I appreciate them on my shelf years down the line as I continue to homebrew?

Kinda like saving an old baseball glove, or even better a pack of Topps Baseball cards. You know the gum is going to taste like crap, so you'll never eat it, but it's nostalgic!

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Old 06-22-2010, 03:21 AM   #2
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I wish I would have saved a few of my first, but I didn't. Of course, I did save a few after the first few batches for a while and I was very pleased with the results. But you're right, it would have been nice to save a few of the very first one or two batches for a year or two down the road just to compare and for nostalgia. Ahh well.

 
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Old 06-22-2010, 04:37 AM   #3
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I saved one bottle from each brew for my first year. I started cracking them open on New Year's Eve and the first few were undrinkable They weren't that bad when I made them and there were no signs of infection. Age just didn't do them well.
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Old 06-22-2010, 04:49 AM   #4
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i dont have one of my first but the next six batches i have saved. they just sit in the back of a cupboard and i pull them out every once in a while with the intention of drinking them but still havent
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:01 AM   #5
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Dude, the moment is gone, live in the now!!
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:11 AM   #6
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I saved some from my first few batches, then the idea got old. I did however just open one from my first batch las september and it was just as I remembered it.

 
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:54 AM   #7
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I've cracked a few since I first posted that comment. Looking to put design or solid label on them with the recipe Etc. Probably will put 1 bottle from each batch up in the home office on display.
But...
I think Shooter has it right, Live in the now!

 
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:57 PM   #8
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I saved two bombers from each batch the first year and had tasting party for my family: 9 brews 18 bottles. This is my second year, and I have already brewed 12 times, so the bombers are really taking up room. I'm going to have a tasting party after six months and be done with it. Live in the now!
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:51 PM   #9
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First batch- No. They all exploded.

Second batch- No. They were crap. It was from Pool & Spa store that had one corner dedicated to homebrewing. No written instructions. Just verbal help from an employee. He had us dump dried yeast into the boiling wort.

 
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:24 PM   #10
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I didn't start keeping any until I starting making bigger beers that age well.

 
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