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I was planning to bottle my beer before leaving for a trip, but my friends being here distracted me and I totally forgot about it until today. I moved it to the bottling bucket and drew off a sample and it looks, smells, and tastes fine, however I am wondering what kind of a change a month of sitting in the wort can cause, purely from a curiosity standpoint.

It's my first time with this particular kit so I can't tell specific taste changes myself.

For those curious it's the True Brew Irish Stout.

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An extra month of aging isn't a problem for a beer with healthy yeast stored at an appropriate temperature. It might have been better if it was already bottled, but your yeast have had extra time to eat up residual sugars that tend to make home brew a little heavy, and the yeast should have flocculated more giving a cleaner, clearer beer.

The potential downsides are yeast autolysis, if it is stored too warm. And hops flavor will decrease, but that might not be very noticable in an irish stout.

  • It was stored decently cool, we've had AC going when it's been warm. Like I said, it tastes fine, great even. Apparently I like an Irish Stout! – BlackJackal Aug 20 '15 at 0:46
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I have left beer in primary for over a month due to travel, etc. to no ill effects (assuming proper sanitation - problems will be more apparent given more time to infect). The only issue you may have is while the since the yeast flocculates and can be clearer, much of it will drop out of the wort into the trub. If you are bottle priming, this can cause carbonation to take much longer than usual. I have had it take months.

Priming can be sped up by agitating the closed bottles gently from time to time (semi-daily). Alternatively, you can help things out by simply sprinkling dry yeast (of the same type used in primary!) into the priming bucket to make sure sufficient yeast is present. I have also read about using champagne yeast for priming, but opinions seem to be be mixed

Using champagne yeast

  • Dang, thanks for the tip on carbonating. I decided to actually drink as is, since I'm the only beer drinker I know (a terrible life to lead) and it tastes great. – BlackJackal Aug 20 '15 at 0:47
  • Priming concerns probably vary by yeast. I left a saisan ferment for 2.5 months, and it still bottle carbonated just fine after only a week and a half in the bottles. That was Wyeast 3724 which has low flocculation though. – CodingWithSpike Aug 20 '15 at 1:51
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This link provides a collection of off flavors. Among them you'll find the yeasty flavor mentioned by Pepi.

This once happened to me, but the problem I had was the "undesirable “hot” sensation in the throat", caused by higher alcohols.

Nice that your beer tasted good.

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