Beer Storage

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Hiya fellow brewers, I've been brewing for about 2 years and have made many
a fine brew. I was wondering though how long a home brew can be stored. I
drink it so fast that I'm not sure of its shelf life. The book says 3
months. I've just brewed two lots in a row and probably won't drink them all
in 3 months. Will they last longer?

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Re: Beer Storage
6 months is the rule of thumb i've heard/read, though like you, my batches
rarely last that long.  depends on the type of brew, i'd think, and isn't
hard and fast.  i've had a scottish ale still be drinkable after a year's
storage in cool temps.  i've seen others report longer times than that.

best way to find out if your beer is still "good" after protracted storage?
open 'er up and give it a go!

cheers,

bob p

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Re: Beer Storage
I sometimes have more than I can drink in 3 months.  I have not noticed any
difference in periods of 6 months or sometimes more.  I keep it in a
basement room where it stays fairly cool.  If it is going "bad", I can't
tell it.  I bottle mine, but presumably kegged beer would be similar.  Maybe
longer since the keg will likely be in a dedicated fridge.

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Re: Beer Storage
I asked this question last night at the meeting of a local homebrew club.
Most people agreed that it varied a lot with the beer style.  High gravity
beers can last for years, like many red wines.  We sampled some 5 year old
very high gravity beer and it was excellent.  All hint of hops had long
since gone though.  Lighter beers have shorter shelf lives but all the "old
timers" at the meeting agreed that up to a year, an ale stored in a
relatively cool place will probably be fine.  They did say that it was
pretty variable though.  I'd say drink light ales as soon as you can but up
to a year you are probably fine.


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Re: Beer Storage
I just had some dark wheat I bottled about 18 months ago and it was very
smooooth.  It's kept in the basement at 50 degrees and out of sunlight.  It
hasn't been uncommon for my beers to last this long so maybe the conditions
it's stored in as I have a mix of ales & wheats.  GL and bottoms up :)


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