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Old 07-22-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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Default Imperial Stout - Primary Only?

Greetings, all. My first post here. Just wanted to introduce myself and thank everyone for contributing here. I've learned a lot reading your posts in the past couple years.

I have a batch of Imperial Stout that has been sitting in a primary fermenter (5 gal. carboy) since I brewed it back in November of 2011.

I ended up moving shortly after I brewed the batch and I never took the time to transfer to secondary.

So, quick question: Did I ruin this batch by leaving it in a primary with the yeast cake for over 7months? I'd love to salvage it, but won't waste my time if it's going to taste bad.

I'd appreciate any feedback.


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Old 07-22-2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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Taste it - then decide.


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Old 07-22-2012, 07:23 PM   #3
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There's only one way to know if it tastes bad!

After you taste a sample, if it tastes good I'd bottle it up and age it for a few more months. If it were me...
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Doh! Why didn't I think of that? I'll give it a taste today.

What are some of the "off" flavors one might expect from a beer sitting on a yeast cake for so long?

Thanks!
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:37 PM   #5
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Meaty would be what you'd get from autolysis, but if the temperature didn't get too high, that should not be a problem.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:46 PM   #6
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"meaty" is one description i've read, "mushroom-y" is another. so if it tastes less like Old Rasputin and more like beef casserole, dump it.
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Thanks much, gents!

If it tastes like mushrooms and meat, I might bottle anyway ... and call it "Stroganoff Stout". Or not ....
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To me autolysis smells like burn't rubber. Put some yeast slurry in the fridge for 6 months and you will find out what it is like.

Just smell and taste the beer, and if you find it drinkable, then go for it.

With the exception of Lambics, I've never left a beer in primary for that long, but have had plenty that have done that stretch in secondary.
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Actually you can use that liquid as a base to make an excellent beer based beef stew No really...why not. Make a beer bourginone.
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So what's the verdict?


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