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!
     
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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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