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So I've seen people talk about aging their beers and whatnot. Just curious to see how long ppl have stored their homebrews for. So...what's the longest time you've waited before opening up a bottle?
 

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I have a case of Chocolate Oatmeal Stout that is a year old this coming week!
 

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Three months for some 7.5%+ beers. Since I don't usually brew anything strong, I usually wait 10-14 days in the keg before drinking...
 

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7 months for an Oktoberfest. It was my best beer ever. Unfortunately it was made for a party and I only had about 4 pints of it before it was gone.:( This March I'm going to make 15 gal of it.
 

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1 year.....




i forgot about the case until i moved..... Made a very interesting Irish Ale, rather good actually.
 

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If you are asking about first sample - 1 day. If you are asking oldest bottle - 12 years. I also have a bottle from my first batch which I brewed something like 27 years ago! I don't think I want or will open that one!
 

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Brewpastor said:
If you are asking about first sample - 1 day. If you are asking oldest bottle - 12 years. I also have a bottle from my first batch which I brewed something like 27 years ago! I don't think I want or will open that one!
That is impressive! I think you've inspired me to do the same.

I still have 6 left from my very first batch which was brewed last July.

I'm hoping to save my IIPA and the 888 for a couple of years each.
 

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The 8-8-8 Russian imperial stout will be a test in patience for me, August is still a long way off.

I have a bottle of Brewtopia's Grapes of Wrath that is calling me on a daily basis, but I'm not planning on opening up that bad boy until sometime in December.

And then there is the 2007 bottle of Fred from the Wood, that I probably won't open up until sometime in 2009.
 

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PseudoChef said:
That is impressive! I think you've inspired me to do the same.

I still have 6 left from my very first batch which was brewed last July.

I'm hoping to save my IIPA and the 888 for a couple of years each.

Here is the one that started it all:

 

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I've waited up to one whole week before tasting. As for how long I've kept a batch - about 6 months. I love my hops - I'd rather enjoy them than let them fade.
 

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barely said:
I've waited up to one whole week before tasting. As for how long I've kept a batch - about 6 months. I love my hops - I'd rather enjoy them than let them fade.

That is such a good point. Don't let your tasty brew go to waste while waiting for some thing magical to happen.
 

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I had a 1.080 Alt I let go once. Sampling one every month. The fifth one was too good to save for a sixth month.
 
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Brewpastor said:
If you are asking about first sample - 1 day. If you are asking oldest bottle - 12 years. I also have a bottle from my first batch which I brewed something like 27 years ago! I don't think I want or will open that one!

holy CRAP! 12 years?? How'd those taste? I just started brewing recently but plan on saving a bottle from each batch I make as well
 

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I like to save brews. Sometimes it is worth it - rich round and amazing. Other times it was a mistake. My advice is let the big ones ride and pound anything else!
 

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Does having a glass during bottling count? Otherwise, 3 months. Sad, I know. Plus I was out of town the whole time. How can you resist? And it's so interesting to taste differences as it ages.
 

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That is one fine looking bottle, there. What was originally in it?
Grape soda I think. I found it on a boy scout camp-out when I was something like 13. Carried it around for years and finally found its slot.
 

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So far? 1.5months, for my holiday porter. Some of the stuff I have planned will need to wait a lot longer than that :) My barleywine has been in the bottle for a month, I've actually tried one already (even though I knew it was nowhere near ready...I wanted a before and after comparison,) and it was already pretty good. A pretty hot taste, but good.
 

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I still haven't developed the patience or the back stock to wait that long - I think the longest time from bottling to popping the first one has been about three weeks. I have let some age 6-8 months before they go the way of the dinosaur. I have found that the higher A.B.V. beers age very well except for the hefe's - they go south after about the four month mark. I don't know if this is consistent but I had two batches that were great young but not so much after six months. They were a little sour tasting and that unique hefe flavor was greatly diminished. I won't take chance with the next hefe to find out. They will all die young. :}
 

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Seven moths fo an Oktoberfest. About a year for a mead.

Oh, and Pastor? Regarding that 27 year old bottle?? I double-dog dare ya!
 
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