Longevity Of Bottled Beer

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  1. daveandsan

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    I bottled some beer (an IPA) in January and was wondering how long it will keep in bottles before it starts to deteriorate and also how long before the beer is considered to be at its best for quaffing.
    I don't know if it makes any difference but the bottles are the small brown plastic type.
     
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    It will depend on the beer and probably the alcohol content but without Googling for an answer I think around 6 months would be about right for an average beer - and give yourself a medal if you can leave it undrank for that long! I don't think the type of bottle should make a huge difference. Temperature will play a big part too - too warm will reduce the life considerably I think.

    The beer is ready to drink as soon as it is bottled if you are desperate enough (I have been in the past but usually wait until the next day if only to retain a little self-respect) but after about two weeks it should be clear and stay at its best for several months. If you can leave it that long...
     
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    Thanks DB, I barrelled some at the same time so I am well into that at the monument.
     
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    If you're struggling Dave, I can drink some for you;)
     
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    Thanks for your very kind offer but i will struggle on. :drink:
     
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    @Taran_Las. Phil the next meet we are at together I will bring a bottle for you to sample. (y)
     
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    Are you really drinking that in London or is it text recognition gone mad again? :LOL:
     
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    Ha Ha, just noticed that, bloody predictive text on my tablet.:LOL::LOL:
     
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    Longevity of bottled beer. About ten minutes per bottle if the rugby is on. (y)
     
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    :thanks5:

    :LOL::LOL::LOL:
     
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    As long as it dose not lose it's carbon dioxide charge and no oxygen gets in to feed any nasty microbes and kept in cool dark place.
    I have drank home brew nerly three years old that I fund at the back of my cellar when I moved it was very nice
    and I harvested the yeas.
    and made a brew from it that made a very good yeast culture that I used for abut three brews.
    it was glass bottles swing top's
    PET bottles no more than nine months but I like to experiment and would probably levee one for twelve months to se what happens
    bill
     
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    Thanks Bill. (y)
     
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    Your beer should have conditioned and will be in its prime now it shouldn't be served to cold but at around
    12-14c no lower than that or you risk a chill haze
    this is the best temperature for real Ale any lower and you will lose the aromas and character of the beer
    bill
     
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