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How long can organic wine be stored without chemicals?

I'm trying to store some homemade organic red wine in bottles. For how long can it be stored without using any chemicals?
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Having fresh grape juice in winter

I would like to learn how I can make fresh grape juice in autumn and have it in winter. I don't want it to turn into wine, because I will have my kids drink it. And, I want to prepare big amounts, say ...
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Storing Liquid Malt Extract

Can I freeze liquid malt extract to extend the shelf life past 3 months? I mean if I buy a 32 lb. growler I can save a lot of money, but it will last me 5 months, so can I freeze it to extend the life?...
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What's the best way to ship bottles of beer 3000km in hot weather?

I'm worried not so much about breakage/leakage as you can just take precautions with extra padding and good packaging, but more about oxidation with the bottles being shaken up during hot weather. We'...
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Argon in head space and storage temp

I've been a wine maker and grower for 10+ years and now diving into home beer making which is a lot of fun and gives MUCH faster returns on enjoyment. I have seen where some folks recommend filling ...
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Does humidity matter for ageing wine in screw top bottles

Nearly all articles about ageing wine say it is important to control the humidity. However if you try to find out why the answers are all about preventing the cork from drying out. Here in New ...
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What are the effects of storing hops in the freezer?

Two months ago I brewed an ale with three hops - cascade, northern brewer and saaz. I immediately put them in the freezer, but want to know how to best use them (if there has been any degredation). ...
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What is the effect of storing a full keg at basement temps?

A local craft brew is having a sale on kegs which they brewed up a while back and have not been able to dispense due to the current pandemic situation. I have a 1/2 barrel in my kegerator now and ...
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Ginger Beer - How long can it be stored, can it be frozen and what do you do with the yeast?

I have made my 3rd, 4th and 5th Ginger Beer brews today! The first one was a success, the second one I ruined it (used honey for fermenting and sweetening but didn't think it out properly) but now I ...
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How long can yeast be stored?

If I buy a tube of liquid yeast from my local homebrew store and throw it in the fridge, how long before it's no good? How 'bout dry yeast?
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I got a strong, chemical-vinegary smell when I opened the plastic fermentation bucket I use to store all my brewing stuff. Is it still safe to use?

Essentially what the title says. I use that bucket to store all the measurement equipment, hydrometer, etc. but also yeast nutrient, stabilisers and chemical sanitisers. The smell that came out from ...
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Kegging but without CO2 tank

I got an annoyance issue here. I have a Cornelius keg 19lt and 15-16 liter batch of Wit-beer almost ready to go, but poorly timed.Issue is I currently don't have the CO2 regulator or Tank. Reason for ...
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Store 500g dry yeast package after opened

I bought a 500g S-05 package and i'm planning to use it only 20 g per week. Any advices on how to store it? it will last around 4-5 months
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Using mason jars to bottle in?

Has anyone used mason jars to bottle in? What were your results if so? They are being sealed like when you can, so I'm especially curious if they hold pressure well. (I know they are clear, and that ...
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Does bottle priming temp matter after 4 days?

It is my understanding that during priming the yeast creates the necessary C02 for carbonation in the first 3 to 4 days and the C02 is then absorbed into the beer over the next 10 to 15 days. If this ...
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Storage Temperature

My primary fermentation and bottle conditioning temperatures are well controlled in a brewing fridge. Once bottles are conditioned / carbonation cycle complete I move them to crates which I store in ...
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Is top-fermenting yeast more prone to building undesired byproducts during bottle fermentation than bottom-fermenting yeast?

Recently I finished my 6th batch of beer, the first top-fermenting one (wheat beer). The yeast is from a commercial brewery nearby, so I don't know its exact type. Usually my bottle fermentation takes ...
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I don't have a cellar. How should I store my beer?

I live in a 2 up 2 down house, with no cellar, quite draughty windows, and electric storage heaters (these turn on at midnight and begin to "store" heat which in theory is then released through the ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Equipment Storage

Given the limited space of an apartment, what tips do you have for storing your equipment? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the first question in a series of discussions about small-...
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Conditioning and storing beer at temperatures around -5°C

I am bottle-conditioning and storing beer in a storage room with temperatures reaching as low as -5°C (significantly below the freezing temperature of water). There are few sudden changes in ...
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Storing leftover hops using water displacement method

Has anyone tried using water displacement method for sealing leftover hops? I realise you'd normally want to keep hops pretty far away from water. But you also want to keep it far away from O2 as well....
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Pausing a ginger beer plant

I am making ginger beer, the old fashioned way with a plant. The plant is a jamjar which I feed with one teaspoon of sugar and powdered ginger daily. I'm going on holiday soon, for several weeks. I'...
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What is the proper way to store SCOBY?

What is the proper way to store SCOBY for periods over 3~4 months? I've stored some discs/plates of SCOBY in the fridge (not freezing temperatures) on its own fermented tea, but after 3 months when I ...
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How to store beer

When you buy beer that you plan to keep for a while (a while being more than a month or so), what's the best way to store it? Specifically, what are the rules for storing it cold or warm, on it's ...
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What's the minimum amount of ageing for an acceptable whiskey or brandy?

I'm interested in brewing a whiskey or a brandy, but seeing commercial bottles being many years old is a put-off compared to the relatively quick ageing process of beer. So how little months/years can ...
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How can I contain unexpected bottle bombs

It's best to follow proper procedure to avoid bottle bombs, but sometimes the unexpected occurs. Is there a good way to store bottles that would contain an unexpected bomb? I'd like to avoid the ...
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Storing bottle conditioned beers and carbonation

I store all my beer at 55°F(12.7°C). Do I need to worry about the beers that are bottle conditioned not being carbonated, or not being at the proper carbonation level? Should they already be ...
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Is there a way to protect beer from freezing in a garage with no electricity

I would like to run a few brews back-to-back to build up a stock of beer. However, I would not be able to store all of the bottles in my house and would be forced to place them in the garage. My ...
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Longevity of bottled mead

I have some mead in bottles, which have been stored in a reasonably cool, dark place for possibly as much as two years old. I had intended to leave it for about a year for bottle conditioning, but now ...
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Prolonged loss of air lock

I have a Shiraz that had completed fermentation and clarification and was being stored in a carboy until I had time to bottle. Apparently, the air lock was knocked off and it was sitting open (with a ...
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How much does heat affect beer?

What effects could heat have on beer and how long does it take? Is it ok to ship beer without an icepack during the summer? Can it survive the heat of a parked car for a few hours? Someone out ...
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Lambic blend affecting beer in fridge?

I have a Wyeast smack pack of Lambic blend in my fridge that I bought a month ago before I understood the complexity of brewing a Lambic. I had it next to some beers that I have really enjoyed ...
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Any risks to storing glass carboys and other brew equipment in an unheated garage?

We currently have all of our brewing equipment big pile in a spare room and have finally made space for it in our garage (as well as purchased some additional equipment for brewing there). We have a ...
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What are the guidelines to store beer ingredients?

I am new to the homebrewing world. In this moment I have just brewed using prepared kits (I use Brooklyn Brew Shop kits). However, I am considering trying new recipes and therefore buying the ...
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How should bulk DME be stored?

Related to this question, but I'd like to get a 50 lb. bag of pilsner DME from the LHBS to use over the course of 3-6 months. Can it be stored like grain, or are there additional considerations that ...
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Planning brewing towards an occasion over an extended period of time with regards to storage

When brewing for an occasion in the summer, like a wedding, an anniversary party, I might want to make several different kinds of beer. Neither me nor the average Joe necessarily have the time or ...
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Storing and using leftover DME

I ended up with about a pound of CBW Sparkling Amber DME leftover. I figured it might be worth keeping around so I put it in a plastic bag and tried to get as much air out as a could. Since then I'...
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Keep Homebrew Fresh

Just syphoned a youngs 30 bottle kit into a plastic 5 gallon fermenter. How should I store this to stop it going bad? What's the highest temperature it can be stored at safely? and how can I ensure ...
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Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage

A problem I hadn't really anticipated was how to store/transport bottled homebrew. I've been reusing old cardboard store-bought boxes, but they seem to be breaking down pretty quickly, especially ...
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Old grain and hops stored in fridge for 1 year - ok to use?

I have a small amount of hops (1 oz) in a ziplock bag in the fridge, it's been there about a year. I also have about 1/2 lb of unmilled grain in the fridge in a ziplock. Will these ingredients be ok ...
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Best temperature to store carboy after fermentation is complete?

I've got a porter and a stout, both sitting in carboys and both have reached their desired FG reading. However, I'm not able to keg them for another 2-3 weeks because I'm still waiting on a CO2 ...
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Adding potassium metabisulphite (i.e. sulfites) to prevent oxidation?

Winemakers often add potassium metabisulphite to the finished product for two purposes: To prevent further yeast growth (so that they do not eat the remaining sugars) and as a preservative, to prevent ...
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Long term storage of equipment like buckets and kegs, lines, etc

I'm moving, so I'm emptying my kegs (not down the drain!), and as I go I'm cleaning lines, emptying buckets, disassembling taps, etc.; and trying to figure out how best to store everything (assume it ...
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How should bulk grain be stored?

I love brewing all-grain but I feel that I could cut down on my costs significantly by purchasing some of my grain in bulk, storing it, and using it as needed. I know a lot of people do this but I'm ...
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Why are green bottle less favoured? [closed]

I'm reading a lot about people not liking green/clear bottles and going for brown bottles, which I believe is traditional and correct in regards to protection from UV/Daylight. But why is it such an ...
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Is 2005 bottle wheat beer ok to drink?

Found a box of home brewed beer in an old cellar marked 2005. Bottles look ok and caps are good. Would it be safe to drink?
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How long can I store crushed and whole grain?

I want to buy a large pack (25kg) but i will only use 10kg to start. How long can I store the rest? How long can they be stored if crushed?
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Expect the Unexpected: How can I prepare for bottle-bombs?

Just had my first explosion last night. Very disheartening to discover a 22oz bottle spread all over the basement floor with little tiny shards of glass splattered everywhere. I remember overfilling ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Cellaring

Given the limited space of an apartment, where do you store your homebrew before drinking? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the eighth question in a series of discussions about small-...
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How to store fermenter after use

I have two plastic fermenters and am wondering the best way to store them when I am not using them? Sometimes I don't get the opportunity to use them for a few months (longest was up to 1 year) so ...