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Old 12-07-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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Default Two years in a secondary fermenter

Hey guys, I've got a bit of an odd question here. I haven't done any homebrewing in about two years now. Life (well, mainly school) got too busy and making beer got pushed to the side. I was cleaning out my basement today and came across my secondary fermenter full of beer! It's a dunkelweisen extract brew that I put in the secondary fermenter at the end of the summer of 2010. I completely forgot about it. It has been kept at a pretty constant 65-75 degrees and mostly shielded from light.

My first thought was to dump it down the drain... But then I got to wondering if it might still be okay. Maybe it might even taste good?? So what do you guys say? Have any of you ever let beer go this long before bottling it? Should I just forget about it and dump it? Should I give it a go?

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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Bottle it.

Worst case you're out some sanitizer for the bottles. Best case, you have the best story.


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Old 12-07-2012, 10:53 PM   #3
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Give it a smell test. If Ok, proceed to tasting. This could be awesome or terrible.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:00 PM   #4
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Not a good style to age. If you were clean in your sanitation it should be okay, but most wheat beers start to decline in a couple months. All of the yeast will have died and given off bad flavors, and you will be missing the taste they normally add to a weiss beer. I would dump it since it was a Dunkelweiss. However, I would not blame you if curiosity got the best of you.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:01 PM   #5
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Go for it. As long as its been sealed it should be fine.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:29 PM   #6
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It probably wont taste anything like it would originally, but i doubt its bad...chill a bit of it and if it tastes drinkable, bottle it.
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The airlock is dry, but what the heck smell it, drink it.
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Quote:
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It has been kept at a pretty constant
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65-75 degrees
No such thing. Pick one.

But with that said, bottle it up.
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...and mostly shielded from light.
If the light is sunlight, this is what I'd be afraid of... Two years of getting some sunlight will definitely skunk the hops in the beer. By all means, try it out, I would. Hopefully it's better than expected!!
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No such thing. Pick one.

But with that said, bottle it up.
A 10 degree range over the course of two years IS pretty constant.


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