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Does Wheat decrease shelf life?

'Does that mean that wheat decreases shelf life[?]' In certain instances, yes. Higher-protein wheat can lead to haze instability (you probably don't care in a wheat beer but you might in other styles)...
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Aging mead in a wood mini barrel

There is a difference between new and use whiskey barrels. The reason that many homebrewers use used whiskey barrels is that a lot of the color from the charred wood inside the barrel has been taken ...
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Aging lambic beer

Without much detail regarding your recipes, your answer is going to be a bit shallow and lacking in detail. Regardless, here goes nothing: First off: Glass or plastic makes no difference in today's ...
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What woods can be safely used to flavour/age beer?

You may be interested in Wood Toxicity and Allergen Chart presented at The Wood Database. With very important warning: Just because any given wood is not listed on the chart, does not mean that it ...
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Mead Aging - Pasteurize or not?

1: I year is good. 5 years can often be better! 2: Yes, rack before ageing/conditioning. Once is enough, just to take the young mead off the precipitated yeast. 3: No 4: Neither is possibly better. ...
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Is head space really necessary when bottling still mead?

Yes the head space is important. At the very least, you need the head space to cushion fluid volume expansion & contraction from temp change.
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What is a good time frame for aging cider/apple wine?

I don't age my ciders intentionally. I control the fermentation so they are clean. While I have aged cider up to two years in bottles (Got lost in cooler) I prefer it fresh. My friends that do ...
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Why does my beer keep getting better the longer I leave it to rest?

When its really fresh its still a sum of its parts. Water, yeast, malt and hops. In time the flavors marry and it becomes beer. I know that sounds hokey but its the exact same thing as simmering ...
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What is a good time frame for aging cider/apple wine?

This is purely anecdotal, but I feel like my ciders have been pretty harsh early on and have improved with time, but it was a quicker timeframe than I had expected (a few months, not years). If you ...
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What can cause color loss in a finished beer?

I've been brewing for 10+ years so the answer I give will be based upon experience. I have often seen beer to lighten in colour to some extent and have generally attributed this to the settling of ...
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What woods can be safely used to flavour/age beer?

Over the weekend I kept thinking about this and I have done a bit more digging and found this article from bear-flavored.com, in which they speak about brewing with 4 different woods and discovered ...
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Does bottle refermentation help have a better beer conservation?

"Can additional sugar help yeast consume the Oxygen present in the bottle?" Yes, although in actuality yeast needs oxygen to grow/divide. So the standard aerobic action of yeast is to use oxygen and ...
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Aging beer/cider/mead in beer bottles for competition

For long term storage with crown corks (aka: caps), you want to keep the bottle upright, this prevents the content from damaging the seal on the cap. If you are doing long term storage with corks, ...
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Planning brewing towards an occasion over an extended period of time with regards to storage

Most all lagers if you can lager for months you can have some great beer. Fruit Cream Ales are nice for summer, can be done as ales or lagers, often mixed fermentation with both ale and Lager yeasts....
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Using 5L oak barrel for beer

First I would stick with 5 gallon equipment and brew half sized batches. Barrel half and bottle the other half. Then you have side by side comparators. I don't think worrying about angel's share is ...
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How can I maximize the time my wine can stay in a bottle?

A can think of a few factors to slow down wine aging time: Quality of the must to begin with. More complex wine will age better. Higher alcool content, might preserve the wine better. Quality of cork ...
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What is the best plastic to use to store alcohol?

There is nothing better than glass from a standpoint of oxygen ingress. The next best choice would be PET, followed by polyethylene and polypropylene. With PE and PP the density of the material (which ...
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Does beer pulled early from a keg taste less bitter than those pulled later?

Typically, the Hop bitterness in beer lessens over time. So, you should expect the first taste of the beer to be more bitter than the last drop.
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Amount of oak chips

The question of how much to add and how long is like asking how much salt to put into your food. It depends on the food and your taste. That's why the recommendations you've come across vary so widely....
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Using 5L oak barrel for beer

I wouldn't bother getting smaller equipment. Assuming you brew 5 gallon batches, why not just ferment your beer as usual, then move 1.3 gallons into the barrel, and bottle the remaining 3.7 gallons? I ...
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What is the highest temp. to age a Russian imperial stout?

If you're looking for a beer that tastes on the aged side, then maybe it would be ok. The bigger beers tend to fare better with higher temperatures - the darker malts act as anti-oxidants. I have a ...
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What is the highest temp. to age a Russian imperial stout?

That's way too high a temp for good results. You could keep it there for a short period without suffering terrible results, but the higher the temp the faster the beer will stale. I wouldn't leave ...
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Can wine age too long?

You can age wines too long, but it depends on the wines. General rule of thumb for white is 3-5 years is optimal, for Reds 6-10 years with some notable exceptions being considered long term ...
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Flat, weak finish to my homebrew. Sign of it being young?

It might be a sign of the age of the beer, and it won't hurt to give it some more time to see if it improves. Not having tasted it, I suspect that it might not. In general I wouldn't think of aging ...
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Where to age mead, bottle or secondary fermenter?

Generally the aging process isn't dependent on the volume. Couple differences To age out fusels there are split opinions on what works better. Bulk / Bottle. Larger volume will give a more ...
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What woods can be safely used to flavour/age beer?

I would stick to the wood chips that are available from your homebrew supplier. There is a large selection available. One may be temped to cut up an old liquor barrel or cubing a known safe species ...
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How long should Ice wine be aged?

Ice wine is usually aged in bottles rather than barrels but traditions vary. The usual advice is to leave the ice wine to mature slowly for a few years at the minimum but other say it can be drinkable ...
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Aged beer, yeast

After long secondary, only change I world market would be to add fresh yeast slurry, either from vigorously fermenting batch, or from a packet of dry yeast. Do not add nutrients now. There is a high ...
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How much time should I wait for Acetaldehyde to clean up before determining my beer has been infected

There's really not a set time for this senerio, but time and conditions may improve the beer. Acetaldehyde is produced in early fermentation then later cleaned up in later stages and aging. It's ...
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What is the best plastic to use to store alcohol?

Polypropylene is commonly used for brewing buckets but is not so good for containing pressurised/fizzy drinks. PET is most commonly used for fizzy drinks bottles. PET soda bottles are good for ...
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