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Over aging?
« on: February 26, 2011, 02:57:17 AM »
Is it possible to age too long? I have heard the longer the better. So I put in a double hops IPA and am planning to bottle for 5 months. The recommended minimum is 2 weeks. Is it possible the beer will go bad?
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Re: Over aging?
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2011, 03:19:58 AM »
It is possible to age too long, and you need to think about what you are trying to achieve through aging.

Your beer will have a bottled shelf life of at least 6 months assuming that it hasn't been infected or oxidised.
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Re: Over aging?
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2011, 04:16:32 AM »
IPA's are one style that are best drank fresh.  Some beers, such as a barleywine, definitely benefit from aging but others may or may not.

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Re: Over aging?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2011, 01:11:09 PM »
Thanks guys! This was for a birthday party and would of been a disaster. I think I'll brew another batch closer to the date.
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Re: Over aging?
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2011, 05:11:27 PM »
don't worry about it if you want to brew another batch do so. but I would bet that the 5 months would not be a big deal.
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Re: Over aging?
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011, 03:18:04 PM »
IPA's are one style that are best drank fresh.  Some beers, such as a barleywine, definitely benefit from aging but others may or may not.

I think that you will find that English IPAs are better after 18 months. At that point the hops will have softened and melded with the malt.

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Re: Over aging?
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011, 04:09:26 PM »
IPA's are one style that are best drank fresh.  Some beers, such as a barleywine, definitely benefit from aging but others may or may not.

I think that you will find that English IPAs are better after 18 months. At that point the hops will have softened and melded with the malt.

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That's a good point, and truthfully I think it's one reason that I don't care for English IPAs all that much.  But it's horses for courses, isn't it?
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