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Quick question about the age of braggot or honey beer.

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Bobbyisstrange

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I was just wondering how long braggot and or honey beer lasts...I have heard people say it tastes best after 2 months and what not...so I was just wondering the shelf life. Thanks.
 

Marshmallow Blue

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I made a 6% one that I made on a beer schedule (bottles after 4 weeks or so.) It was about 55(honey)/45(LME) in terms of fermentables. I drank most of it in a month, but brought some to my brother in law (to be) who forgot about it in his fridge for about 4.5 months. We split the bomber and it was still really good. Maybe a bit better. I think it's safe to say that these age well, even with a large amount of malt.

Hops will fade over time, so if you make a super hoppy one and want those hops, you should drink it on the sooner side. Other than that though it would still age fine (just have less hops).
 

smertz001

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Just like a beer or mead, the bigger they are in ABV, acid and sugar, they will age for a longer time.

I made a honey porter with 8 pounds of grains, and 3 pounds of honey back in October, and it's now tasting really good. I wish I had saved more of it!

I'm currently making a braggot that should be around 13-16% that's 12 pounds of grains and 12 pounds of honey, which I expect will age very nicely in the years to come, if it lasts that long as well!

Cheers!
 

Medsen Fey

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It really depends on the recipe. This weekend, I opened one of the last bottles of my Beyond the Pale braggot, a simple American pale ale style braggot with orange blossom honey at about 6% ABV. It is 2 1/2 years old and still delicious. The hop bitterness and aroma have receded a good bit, and the honey character is stronger now than it was when it was young, but it remains a very refreshing brew.

A big IPA or barley wine style braggot will last for decades.
 
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