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Old 09-18-2010, 12:04 AM   #1
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Default very old cans past expiry

my uncle gave me a whole bunch of coopers and john bull beer kits which are all about 5 or 6 years past expiry. some even more..

there is no bulging on the sides, and have been kept cool in a basement.
he swears they're still good and says the stuff never expires

but he also makes beer that tastes like apple cider. i assume he uses that crap

but... he's also never used good yeast, DME, or hops in his brews. maybe if i get some fresh yeast?

can these cans still be saved??
(i suppose i can just open one up and see, eh?)

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Old 09-18-2010, 12:11 AM   #2
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I would say give it a try but don't use the yeast that came with it. I would also think about some hops other than what comes with it.

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The oldest extract I've used was 8 years old. It had darken a great deal, so I made a stout with it. Not the best batch, but okay. It worked out to less than $5 for the batch. Some hops and a few ounces of specialty grains.
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lme tends to darken over time, you might want to think about adding the lme late in the boil
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You might consider some steeping grains, newer hops, and yeast. The extract is still sugar and will still make beer, some fresh enhancements might improve the quality.

I have done all grain with grains milled a year ago. It was ok; very drinkable. nothing super but not putrid like some brewers would think.

A lot of things are a lot more flexible than most people think. Just Brew It!!

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