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Old 11-02-2010, 03:39 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

In a month or so, we are going to bottle our honeytriple. This beer will have to age for at least a year. But we have 2 problems.
1. We will probably crack half of them before a year has past, due to impatience and eventual drunkness.
2. We have limited space in our garage (Where we age our beers), so it won't be very convenient to store them there for a whole year.

So we came up with a brilliant plan. We want to bury our batch in the yard, and dig it up in a year! We are planning to bottle the batch in the thickest, strongest glass bottles we can find, stash them in a wooden box, and bury them a few feet under the soil. This way; the beer won't be in our way, the beer shall remain nice and cool (even in summer) and we will not be able to touch it for a year!

-Has anyone here ever tried burying their beer, or ever heard of it?
-Is it a bad idea, is there anything we haven't thought of?

Opinions please!


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Old 11-02-2010, 03:43 PM   #2
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Is this a 5 gallon batch? That's gonna be one big a$$ hole!


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Old 11-02-2010, 03:44 PM   #3
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Somebody else on here aged their beers underground and had some pretty cool pics of it. It worked, with the exact advantages that you mentioned. I think he buried them at a hunting spot or something...
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:45 PM   #4
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I wouldn't worry about special thick bottles. Just bottle like normal put in a box like you said, and bury. I'd maybe put them into a tied off garbage bag inside the wooden box or plastic sealed tote, then bury. I see no problems. Just bury below your frost line.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:52 PM   #5
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I like the idea. I think the metal on the caps (if you use them) may rust but I doubt enough to break the seal.
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I have a 12 pack of Mead and Apfelwein buried behind my shed. Boxed, bagged, and boxed again. 6 were made when my first son was born and another 6 when my second son was born.

I plan to exhume them when they are 21. If I can remember them.
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This would be a neat idea for those who play that GPS game where you search for loot. You find it then drink it!
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My grandparents had an old refrigerator buried in the yard and used it as a root cellar
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I like this ideal. I have thought about putting some under my house(crawlspace) to age out.
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Oldsock on this board has a blog called themadfermentationist, and on that he has a tasting of some (several?) year old meads. I would recommend burying them if you have the time/space, because the ground will keep things a relatively stable temperature year round as long as you get deep enough.

On the back of the DFH Old School Barleywine, it recommends burying it out in the woods somewhere.


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