Tasting some old finds

Ever go into your beer fridge or kegerator and after moving a few things around there is a random unlabeled bottle sitting in the back? Ever do that and find two? With two different colored caps, meaning they were from two separate batches? Well that is exactly what happened to us a couple weeks ago and we decided to do the unthinkable… do a beer tasting!

We’ve made a habit of doing a beer tasting at least once every couple months. Sometimes these go hand in hand with a brew day. Sometimes we incorporate friends and make a night of it. Having a beer tasting is definitely one of my favorite past times and one of the reasons my Untappd numbers are so high.

Now mind you, I know one of these bottles has been around for a long time. It moved with me when my wife and I bought our house in January of ’18. And I know it was stashed away and lost in my homebrew room in our apartment for quite some time before that. This would be adventurous, no matter how we played it.

The smell wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. And the fact that it still hissed when the cap came off blew us both away. If you watch the small clip above you’ll hear I thought this bottle was 3 years old, but after determining which batch this was we realized it was 5 1/2 years old! I can’t believe we actually brewed a beer, conditioned it in bottles, and the damn thing still hissed after 5 1/2 years.

The taste on the other hand…

We kept sipping on it for a little while until we noticed it settling out and having a few too many floaties for our liking. The rest was dumped, as the idea of acquiring some home brewed bacterial infection was not high on our priority list.

Moral of the story is, give it a try if you find that lonely bottle in the back of your fridge. If nothing else, it makes for a fun afternoon and something to laugh about.


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