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Old 11-25-2012, 01:05 AM   #1
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Last year I decided to attempt creating a Great Lakes Christmas ale clone...the plan was to have it finished just in time for LAST christmas. However, life tends to throw its curveballs and this batch was pushed to the back burner. Months have gone by and I now have decided its time to do something about it. I know the general thought is even if it most likely is bad, try it and find out! Would like some opinions though. From as far as I can tell the airlock was never compromised and besides looking a little cloudy it appears to be ok. Here are some (crappy) pictures...

I figured at most i MAY need a little yeast at bottling time for carbonation.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:06 AM   #2
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Yeah I would add fresh yeast.

Can't wait to hear how it turns out.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:07 AM   #3
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well, taste it and see if its good. In all honesty its the only was to tell.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:10 AM   #4
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I have a cider that I have done the same thing with. I live in Galloway we should get together and share our lazy brews.

 
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:13 AM   #5
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Im more interested in hearing how you clean that carboy. : )

 
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:21 AM   #6
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Im more interested in hearing how you clean that carboy. : )
Hot water and Oxyclean, I bought 3 carboys and 9 kegs that has S*!T in them for five year and it cleaned them up wonderfully.

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Old 11-25-2012, 01:30 AM   #7
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^^^ That's how I do it as well. Carboy brush hasn't been use in a long time.

Looking at those pictures I have to say the complete lack of anything that appears sinister bodes well. I would definitely taste a sample immediately and if it passes muster get that batch packaged!

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Old 11-25-2012, 01:35 AM   #8
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Looking at those pictures I have to say the complete lack of anything that appears sinister bodes well. I would definitely taste a sample immediately and if it passes muster get that batch packaged!

Cheers!
After all that time, you kinda wish there was some oak in there.

 
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:31 AM   #9
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It looks exceedingly clean. Proceed as if nothing happened (more yeast, maybe) and let us know how it turns out!
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:51 AM   #10
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Don't want to be a downer but my guess is that you probably have a fair bit of autolysis and will have a bit of a savory flavor going on. I'd also expect it to taste a bit oxidized since it appears to be in a PET carboy. I love my better bottles but they are oxygen permeable, not nearly as much so as other plastics but I generally don't leave beers in them over six weeks. If I've got something I want to age in the carboy I transfer to glass.

I'd definitely still taste it but I wouldn't get my hopes up (if it was in glass and off the yeast cake I'd expect it to be fine). And taste it before you bottle. No sense in spending the time to bottle if it tastes like beef stew or wet cardboard-that won't go away.

 
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