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Doug Pescatore (141.232.1.10)
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 - 05:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Last night I decided to try one of my hard ciders that have been aging for a little over 1 and a half years. But to my surprise what I poured was a pale ale I brewed over 2 years ago. This was a very highly hopped extract brew which was 1 part honey, 1 part light DME, and 1 part Laaglander light DME. The hops were all of the "C" family. After two years the beer had lost all hop flavor and aroma, but it still had a fair amount of bitterness (on the extreme end of bitterness when it was fresh). Overall the brew kept well, but was just sort of bland.

Way back then I did not label or mark my caps so this one got in with the cider case because it had become so clear by the time I re-organized my beer closet. This is the second time this has happened and I am sure it will happen again.

Anyone else forgot a brew (other than a barely wine or lambic) for years? I have been finding all sorrs of treasures since we moved.

-Doug
 

davidw (199.239.30.126)
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 - 05:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A couple years ago I found a sixer of extract brown porter that must have been a couple years old at that time. After chilling and drinking one I was surprised that it actually wasn't that bad. I entered it in the state fair as an American Brown and it took second place. Go figure!
 

chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 - 06:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A friend of mine is a farmer who has a house on the farm that he doesn't live in (he lives in town). We use it for hunting camp. Last fall one of my friends was rummaging in the fridge when he found a bottle of my homebrewed all-grain pilsener, which was about 4 years old. He opened it, and poured it into a class.

This was the driest pilsner I have ever tasted. The hops had faded in it as well. My buddy, who hates sweet beer, thought it was one of the best beers he has ever had. Four years of lagering in the bottle is a good thing.
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 - 07:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I discovered some 3 or 4 year old extract Bass clone in my basement a while back. It was the worst crap I've ever had. It all got dumped.

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