How Long Can I Store My Beer?

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  1. Mar 6, 2019 #1

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    I'm planning on brewing some beer next week and gonna store it in 2-3 demijohns. How long can I keep it there before I need to drink it?
     
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    Beer, brewing? What is that?

    Certainly a few months, but since it has no added SO2, nor the acidity or alcohol of wine, I would not think much more than that unless you have a super sterile environment.
     
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    So how do beer folks keep their beer??
     
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    I ferment 2 weeks (more or less), transfer to a bottling bucket with a bit of priming sugar, bottle, wait 2 weeks, and start drinking.
    Have you made beer before?
     
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    I ferment for 2-3 weeks. Bottle, condition for 2-3 weeks.

    I would suggest bottling. Depending on the beer you can age for some time. I have had a barley wine aging for 2.5 years (drink 1 every 6 months).

    The problem with storing in a carboy, what do you use to top up if you don’t have right size? IMG_3302.JPG

    Not to mention that gas will escape the liquid while in a carboy (I think). In a bottle it is trapped.

    Just my opinion.
     
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    I have a 55lb bag of barley that I was considering brewing off in one day and fermenting together in a drum. Just a single step infusion, first time brewing... I figure I'll get 150L of beer, can't drink it all at once, so want to see how long I can store it in a demijohn with a good #11 rubber plug!
     
  7. Mar 26, 2019 #7

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    I've brewed beer and stored it for years in bottles and it was still very drinkable but you are still going to have to package the 150L of beer the minute you remove even a half liter to drink. Just my opinion, but if you have not got the wherewithal to close the deal it may be better not to start it and in this context "closing" means packaging
     
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    I brewed a high ABV Bock with pecan, COFFEE, and coconut...it was one ingredient too far and muddled mess on the taste buds. Stuffed into a closet. Three years later, it is one the best beers I have ever drank and so says all who get a taste. I suspect most beers would benefit from cellering....IF GIVEN THE CHANCE.
     
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    You can shoot CO2 into the carboy and then seal it. CO2 should form a layer over the beer and protect it.
     
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    You will want carbonate the beer and store it tha way.
    You could buy a few kegs to keep from bottling.
    I don’t like to bottle.
    Cornelius kegs are easy to clean an reuse for all sorts of beverages. Sparkling water, sparkling wine, still wines even.
    The CO2 will help protect the beer from microbes (lowers pH) and oxygen.
     
  11. May 27, 2019 #11

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    I’ve been brewing for about 10 years. If it’s a lager I might let it go a couple of months in a carboy with no worries. After that though I’d bottle or keg it to prevent too much O2 exposure. I have barley wines and Belgians that are 5-6 years old and excellent.
     
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    Your local soda plant will have lots of soda kegs they are throwing out, we have a Pepsi plant here and can get extremely cheep kegs that just need a little love.
     

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