From the HBD Archive
From: (Alan Duester)
Subject: misc.
Date: 1990-01-06 00:45:33 GMT

People are often talking about old beer being not quite as good as
fresh. I had to let you all know about an event this past weekend.

I went to a friend's for a New Year's party, and was offered a bottle of
Guiness - that was 15 or 16 years old! It had been under the kitchen
sink since he moved in! It wasn't as bad as I expected. Soured, but
still having the Guiness flavor. No photo-oxidation I could detect.
Also, no unpleasant physical afteraffects.

The most annoying thing was the gloppy chunks that started pouring out
as I neared the end of the bottle. An interesting experience, but not
one I would recommend for newcomers! I'll try the other bottle next

I've been using a 16 qt. thin stainless pot by Metro that I got at
Bradlees for $16. Unfortunately, it has a tendency to scorch a bit if
one is not careful. Also, the first one I had developed a corrosion hole
and numerous pits in the bottom (and emptied 2 qts. of brew into my
stove in the process). I have a passing familiarity with corrosion
problems, as designing instrumentation for oceanography is my job. I
didn't expose it to conditions that should have caused problems in what
*I* consider to be "stainless" steel. It seems to be a poor alloy. Metro
replaced the pot immediately, with no questions, after I had had it 9
months, so I can't complain.

Regarding the blowoff/blowup discussions - I've always strained the hops
out as I pour into the primary carboy. Maybe that's why some folks have
had problems with clogging?

Al Duester, Ocean Engineer, MS S201 # SPAN: 6308::capnal
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution # INTERNET:
Woods Hole, MA 02543 # GEnie: A.DUESTER
(508) 548-1400 x2474
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*oh, I used pelletized hops....

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