Originally Posted by Diablotastic
So i got this buddy whose Dad messed around with some extract brewing awhile back.
He comes over with a bunch of old starter kit equipment and ingredients....already cracked chocolate and black malt, some Amber and Pale LME that was in the fridge for like 6 YEARS !!!
He really wants to use it up and try a batch but I keep insisting that it's probably going to produce a very stale lack luster possibly oxidized brew. Any other major downside to boiling up an experimental batch? The LME LOOKS good with no mold but it's been in the fridge for like 6 years or atleast thats what he thinks
Aside from maybe tasting bad, there wouldn't be any issues. I'd take a sample of the grains and taste them, and see if they tasted stale or rancid. The worst that can happen is that it'll taste terrible. As long as it doesn't put your buddy off of homebrewing, all you've got to lose is one package of fresh yeast. (I'd buy some cheap dry yeast for it- about $1).