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Title: Shelf life of a porter
Post by: uintafly on September 16, 2010, 06:45:21 PM
I am thinking about brewing a porter recipe this weekend and I am wondering how long until the average porter peaks, as well as what the shelf life usually is. I love to come home from a day of skiing and relax with a nice porter. If I brew it this weekend would it be good from Dec-Jan? Here is the recipe I am thinking about:
Ingredients:
1/2 lb. black patent malt crushed
1/2 lb. chocolate malt crushed
1 lb. medium crystal malt crushed
6 lbs. amber malt syrup
3 lbs. light honey
1 oz. Perles - boiling (60 minutes)
1/2 oz. Fuggles - boiling (30 minutes)
1/2 oz. Fuggles - finishing (5 minutes)
Wyeast 1084 "Irish Ale"
Title: Re: Shelf life of a porter
Post by: hamiltont on September 16, 2010, 06:49:47 PM
Should be great during the skiing months as long as your process & sanitation are sound...  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Shelf life of a porter
Post by: bluesman on September 16, 2010, 08:49:08 PM
I think so.  My bet is that it would be at it's prime in 6 months, but 4 months will be fine.
Title: Re: Shelf life of a porter
Post by: violaleebrews on September 17, 2010, 01:30:01 AM
a better question is has anyone ever been able to hold on to a porter long enough for it expire?
no matter the season, when i have a good porter on hand i can't help guzzling it down and doling it out.
Title: Re: Shelf life of a porter
Post by: Jeff Renner on September 21, 2010, 02:49:14 PM
I agree with the others, assuming that you are bottle conditioning.  Beer in a keg or especially bottled from a keg might not last as long.  It can be more susceptible to oxidation, whereas bottle conditioning is actually protective against oxidation.

That said, dark beers are in general more resistant to oxidation.
Title: Re: Shelf life of a porter
Post by: jgourd on September 22, 2010, 02:37:48 PM
I've kept porters for years.  No problems.  Live yeast is a great preservative.  So are hops.
Title: Re: Shelf life of a porter
Post by: goosta on September 24, 2010, 04:32:50 PM
The antioxidants from roasted malts help tremendously in keeping oxidation at bay.  Due to this, porters have an incredibly long shelf life.