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Old 09-02-2007, 12:56 AM   #1
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Default How long does homebrew stay good for?

Read some threads that say after 4 months it was flat and some others that say after a couple years it tasted better. Do diffrent types of beer last longer? Need to know if i should drink some of my older beers first.


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Old 09-02-2007, 01:21 AM   #2
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type matters more importantly, YEAST matters.

what kind of beers do you have?

wheat beers only last a couple of months before they start to taste flat.

certain belgian beers can age for a decade

no matter what, i try to wait six weeks before i really dig into my brews.


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Old 09-02-2007, 01:28 AM   #3
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EdWort had a Kolsch of mine (last beer swap) I bottled back in February. I'm pretty sure he was pleased with the product.
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I hold back a 6 pack of every brew that I make. I recently had a couple that were 6 months old and they tasted great.
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:36 AM   #5
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It depends on the style and how well you bottled it.

A light ale needs to be drank young and fresh, they will normally will get worse with age.
A bigger beer will usually need to be kept for a minimum age and will continue to get better. When I used bottle I always found my last was my best.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:57 PM   #6
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I've drunk brews from bottles that are over 1 year old...
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I hold back a 6 pack of every brew that I make. I recently had a couple that were 6 months old and they tasted great.
Good practice. I try to do the same, but in the Summer, my garage fridge is full of crap like....food.
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I believe the threads that you may have read about beer going flat were pertaining to using plastic soda bottles for bottling. In a well sealed glass container homebrew can last for quite some time. For certain brews it is recommended to let them mature for at least a year.
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My first IPA has lost a lot of the Cascade crispness that made it so great, and it's only been in the bottle 6 weeks. Hop flavor and aroma mellow pretty quickly.
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I hold back a 6 pack of every brew that I make. I recently had a couple that were 6 months old and they tasted great.
I do this as well and will be hosting an Octoberfest gathering for a few of my more appreciative friends. We will be partaking in all of the 13 batches I have made to date. I'm curious to see how some of the first ones (from Feb / March) have aged.


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