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Offline Lazy Ant Brewing

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Time limit on LME?
« on: January 29, 2016, 01:42:56 PM »
I gave a casual friend of mine a bottle of my latest which he enjoyed, and he returned the "favor" with a can of LME with a March 2014 date on it.

I tried to tell him my inclination is not to waste my time trying to brew with LME that old, but it didn't register with him.

Comments please and thanks.
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Re: Time limit on LME?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2016, 01:58:46 PM »
Use it to make a stash of starter wort
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Re: Time limit on LME?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2016, 03:39:37 PM »
Make an Old Ale with it and lots of caramel malt, the age it for a year.  At some point the aging will wipe out the extract twang.  Took a bronze in the old national AHA club competition with very old LME, so it'll work.

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Re: Time limit on LME?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2016, 04:39:41 PM »
One of the other recommendations I recall from old threads (or perhaps even TechTalk) is to over pitch.  For some reason, more yeast works well with old LME.  At least that's my recollection.

It will make beer either way.  But I think an Old Ale might be a good suggestion.
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Re: Time limit on LME?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2016, 05:13:12 PM »
When you say age it for a year, what temperature are you talking about? I could throw it in a fridge for a year, but would not be able to keep it at cellar temperatures.
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Re: Time limit on LME?
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2016, 11:15:36 PM »
Cellar temps.  Sorry for the delayed response.

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Re: Time limit on LME?
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2016, 03:15:29 PM »
A friend of mine recently brewed a 6 year old can of pilsner LME.  It came out the colour of Schwartzbier. Haven't had a chance to taste it yet, maybe this weekend, but it sounds like it fermented fine.