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Better Bottle aging question

Postby ScottK on Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:25 pm

I just finished an apfelwein that was in a Better Bottle for 5+ years. My concern is if the Better Bottle retains any of the flavors/scents from the cider being in there so long. After a good PBW cleaning there is no trace of the cider. Everything I've looked up only talks about the permeability concerns with aging, but nothing about retention of flavors. Has anyone had any experience aging beer/cider/mead in a Better Bottle?
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Re: Better Bottle aging question

Postby BrewMasterBrad on Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:56 pm

I have never left anything in the Better Bottle that long, but if it looks clean and smells clean, then I would say it is fine to use again. See what happens when you only brew every five years?
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Re: Better Bottle aging question

Postby lexuschris on Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:35 pm

I've not aged anything that long in anything. However, I do wonder if there was any yeast sediment in there, as I did have a mead in a keg for a year, and it must have had some yeast in suspension still .. and it ruined the flavor of the mead.

Aside from that, a couple of good cleanings, and I would think the bottle is good to go! You can always ferment a blonde ale or something light in there next, just to see if you get any cidery aroma/flavor.
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Re: Better Bottle aging question

Postby ScottK on Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:20 pm

Thanks guys. My thought was to brew something with a darker roast to mask any flavors that might come out the first time. By the second time I'm guessing it will be fine. Touché Brad!
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Re: Better Bottle aging question

Postby BrewMasterBrad on Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:28 pm

ScottK wrote:Thanks guys. My thought was to brew something with a darker roast to mask any flavors that might come out the first time. By the second time I'm guessing it will be fine. Touché Brad!


Yeah man, I should be able to come by some time in 2020 when you brew that dark beer.
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Re: Better Bottle aging question

Postby ScottK on Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:41 am

By 2020 did you mean, 8:20? The brown porter is fermenting away as we speak!
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Re: Better Bottle aging question

Postby ScottK on Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:56 am

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