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2 year old Porter (Can it still be good?)

Posted by Tom Hampton , 10-23-2011 · 1,127 views

Posted Image2 years ago (today) I brewed a basic Robust Porter recipe. It was going to be the starting point for some attempts at toasting my own malts…in particular a smoked brown malt. After reading Ray Daniels descriptions of original porter, I’d decided I wanted to try and figure it out. Anyway, I’d made this batch of modern porter to set a few aside for comparison as I worked on the recipe. Long story, shorter….life happened and I ended up leaving the porter in the secondary for the last two years. I’m getting back into brewing now, and I just knew this beer was a goner. I just hadn’t gotten around to dumping the carboy.
So, its porter season again…a couple weeks ago I brewed the same porter recipe…this time with the intent to split the batch into secondaries and add chocolate/vanilla to one, coffee to the other, and a small but un-doctored. Last night I transferred the new porter into carboys with the secondary ingredients. While I had all the racking / cleaning equipment out, I figured it was a good time to finally get rid of the old Porter.
As I pulled the airlock off the carboy, I decided, “Well, I might as well take a gravity reading, just to see where it finished.”
Then it was, “Huh…now I’ve got a thief full of beer. It can’t hurt to take a small sip, right?”
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Send me the carboy and I'll let you know if it's still good... ;)

Toasting your own malt? VERY Varsity.
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The best home brew I ever made was a two+ year old stout. It was absolutely undrinkable when it was two months old, but the smoothness it achieved in storage over two years was astounding. I'd have made more, but I'm just not that patient!
Rick
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