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Old 04-11-2012, 04:12 AM   #1
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I just kegged the Apricot beer I put in the secondary nearly a year ago.

The back story is I decided to make an Apricot IPA about a year ago. I think I used White Labs Belgian Ale Yeast (WLP550). I think the recipe I started with was the Radical Brewing Belgian-American IPA. I added a *ton* of pureed apricot after the initial fermentation. I had a hard time transferring it off the fruit because of the couple pounds of pureed fruit and introduced a fair amount of air during the process..

I fermended for a week or two without fruit. After that, I moved the beer on to the fruit and fermented for another week or two. I cooked the fruit before mixing it with the beer to reduce the chance for contamination but I didn't cook it long enough to fully pasteurize it. After that, I moved it again, into the "secondary" (really the third) without the fruit and it spent the past year like that.

I did everything on my planned schedule except keg it. While it sat in my basement for a year, it ran out of liquid in the airlock maybe once or twice.

So fast forward to today, I kegged it. At the end of the kegging, I put the last little bit in a glass to taste it. It tastes like, well, like Apricot, tart and fruity. Almost like a Belgian sour. It seems carbonated even before kegging and adding the CO2. Carbonated enough that I can drink it and almost enjoy it.

I...um...like how it tastes...

Would you be worried?

 
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:36 AM   #2
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nothing in it will make you sick, unless you drink too much! if it tastes good, drink away

 
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:56 PM   #3
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I wouldn't worry at all. Some beer is aged that long or longer anyway. I bet its tasty!

 
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:02 AM   #4
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I tried it again today, it is pretty good and the boyfriend agrees. I'm looking forward to it fully carbonating and trying it again in a week or so.

I was just worried I took RDWHAHB a little too far...

 
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:11 AM   #5
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I'd be worried.....that the keg will eventually kick.
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:33 AM   #6
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Drink up!

 
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:44 AM   #7
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You guys are awesome

 
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:53 AM   #8
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i just drank something that smelled like vomit. you should only worry about bear in forest.
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