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Old 12-10-2008, 02:55 AM   #1
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I just tapped my final mini keg of a batch I did back in August. That is somewhere along the lines of 10-12 weeks in keg. It is totally boring. The hops are gone. It seems even the bittering hops are gone. It was already low in IBUs. It was a Cream Ale with about 19 IBUs.

This was excellent when it was young.

I think I will plan for this in the future. If my IBUs are so low I will drink it young while there is still some trace of flavor.

On the plus side it is crystal clear now. No sign of the chill haze that it had the last time I tried it.


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Old 12-10-2008, 03:42 AM   #2
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I don't think Cream Ales age very well because . . well . . .they are low in IBUs and I just think darker more complicated beers age better.


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Old 12-10-2008, 05:04 AM   #3
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your SWMBO: "are you THAT piss drunk again?!"
you: "cmon baby i gotta drink it before the hops escape."

there's an upside to everything i guess
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:09 AM   #4
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your SWMBO: "are you THAT piss drunk again?!"
you: "cmon baby i gotta drink it before the hops escape."

there's an upside to everything i guess
That is what I was thinking. Right now I have 81 gallons of beer in my house that I have to drink before the end of February.
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:16 PM   #5
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That is what I was thinking. Right now I have 81 gallons of beer in my house that I have to drink before the end of February.
About a gallon of beer a day? Good luck to you...perhaps you should share?
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:46 PM   #6
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Huh. What a coincidence. I have exactly -81 gallons of beer to drink. Looks like there is only one way to correct our problems!
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Ok, 'hic' 80 to go.
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It is totally boring. The hops are gone. It seems even the bittering hops are gone. It was already low in IBUs. It was a Cream Ale with about 19 IBUs.
There were never any hops to start with at 19ibu's . I did a cream ale for a friend (not my style of beer), and it lasted him nearly 6 month's. I tried some recently and it was still good.
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There were never any hops to start with at 19ibu's . I did a cream ale for a friend (not my style of beer), and it lasted him nearly 6 month's. I tried some recently and it was still good.
It is actually at the very top end of the specs for Cream Ales based on style guidelines. Any higher and it wouldn't be a cream ale anymore.

And to be honest I think most people would still find this beer really good. Its just that compared to how this beer was at 4 weeks in bottle it is not as good. I missed its prime.
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:59 PM   #10
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What did you do? Show it a picture of Hallertau for 30 seconds before flame out? :lol:


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