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Old 10-24-2012, 05:50 PM   #1
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Default What is the "born date" of a beer?

Is it the brew date, the day the fermentation is completed or the bottling date?


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Old 10-24-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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Bottling date makes the most sense.


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Old 10-24-2012, 05:52 PM   #3
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Bottling date. Or I should say: I've yet to see a beer where the date didn't refer to the bottling date.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:54 PM   #4
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So if i keep it in my fermentation carboy for four weeks then until i don't bottle it its not born date?
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:33 PM   #5
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Considering beer goes through a second (much smaller) fermentation and a conditioning phase after bottling I'd say it doesn't matter how long it's been in primary (or secondary), you're still starting the clock over as soon as you bottle.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:52 PM   #6
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good to know

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Old 10-24-2012, 07:39 PM   #7
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Technically, I believe wort turns into beer the second you pitch yeast. However, I think most would consider the born on date to refer to time of packaging
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I actually asked this question when I was at the AB Brewery in St. Louis in 2000. One of the chemical engineers told us that the machine that applied the born on date to the cans was right after (before?) the machine where the beer was steam pasteurized on the assemby line.

My smart azz spoke up and said something to the effect of "so it's really the died on date of the nutrients in the beer." No one laughed except the chemical engineer.
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"pitching" vs "bottling" or is it "conception" vs. "delivery"

doesn't matter to me when it was "born" as the beer never lasts long enough in my house to worry about it...

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Old 10-25-2012, 01:57 AM   #10
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Dont forget,they confuse you with bestby dates also. Sometimes they just put a date,and your like, What the ef? How do I? Who?What the,Why? oh why? I'm scared. Where do I go,now? Im in the jungle,baby.


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