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What to do with 50 (?) years old sake?

Due its high alcohol content, you will still be able to drink the sake without worrying about your health. However, the recommended consumption period is usually one year after bottling. After that, ...
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What are the factors that determine how long whisky is aged?

Aging or 'Finishing' is an extension of the maturation process, when the spirit is subsequently filled into empty casks that previously held other wines or spirits for a further relatively short ...
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Why would an aged beer explode?

I've been homebrewing and winemaking for almost 25 years and there are 3 reasons why a bottle might explode. Too much sugar for the secondary fermentation in the bottle. Homebrewers do this ALL THE ...
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What are the factors that determine how long whisky is aged?

First, we have to understand why we age whiskey in the first place. It's primarily to extract compounds from the wood of the barrels (and any previous contents) so that they can add flavor and ...
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What are the main qualitative and quantitative differences between 18 and 12 year old Scotches?

Right now I can think about some characteristics of a Sotch, that depend partly on the age: Flavours: The longer a whisky matures in a cask, the stronger is the influence of the cask on the flavours. ...
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Does barrel aging add sugar to liquors?

Barrel aging does add sugar to the liquid (wine, whisky, etc.) that is aged in it. In the toasting process of a barrel, the sugar in the wood caramelizes (cellulose is a sugar polymer and breaks into ...
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Why would an aged beer explode?

Not knowing much about the beer but the 30 second Google search - I will try to give insight as to why this may happen. I've noticed this was a Trappist beer. As such, there is probably as much yeast ...
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Aging wort in wine barrels before fermenting

While I have no experience with this, I am pretty confident that it is not practical to age wort prior to fermentation in any container that is not fully sterile (not just sanitized). I imagine it ...
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Using barrels for aging Whisk(e)y - preparing the barrel?

The barrels are pumped out at the winery. The barrels are probably rinsed with hot water until it's free of the gunk from the wine making process. Then left to drip dry for a while for a few days. If ...
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Does beer expiration change based on yeasts?

Quick answer no. The yeast used should have very little effect on on the expiry date. Things that will affect this more are: Temperature of fermentation Hot side aeration Cold side aeration ...
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Do cognacs "imported from France" have added sugar?

It says so on the label. EU regulations require for food additives to be displayed on the products label. Caramel, or E150, is a food coloring and is subject to this rule. I'm not sure about Brandy ...
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Ways to avoid Skunked beer?

How Can You Avoid Skunky Beer? The best way to avoid skunking of beer is as follows: Block out as much UV light as possible in all stages within the beer brewing process and storage. Use brown bottle ...
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What are the factors that determine how long whisky is aged?

A true Scotch whisky has to be aged at least 5 years to qualify as whisky. Beyond that, the factors that change over time are: colour nose flavour The whisky takes on these from the wood, and from ...
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Guidelines for aging Cabernet Sauvignon

Being a former winemaker, Cabernet can made in a variety of styles from cheap Trader Joes Cabernet ready to drink the day you buy it, to Napa Valley cabs that won't soften up for at least a decade. In ...
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Guidelines for aging Cabernet Sauvignon

Way variable. On the high end even from year to year the same vineyard and same grape will vary how long to hold. When it is released the vineyard and others will have a recommendation. On the shelf ...
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What properties help mead to age without skunking?

One of the biggest determinants in how well a mead or beer or wine will age is oxidation. The only time that oxygen is beneficial is when your must or wort (IDK the currect term for unfermented mead) ...
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Vintage port stored on the side

It is generally preferred to store wine on it's side, but I think the climate the wine is stored is even more important. Generally, a wine like a vintage port, will spend only a short part of it's ...
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Wine aging under cork vs screw-cap closures

A good cork doesn't alter the wine taste. Here are some scenarios in which the cork can impact the taste of wine, all considered defects: Cork Taint (TCA Contamination): This is the most well-known ...
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Can the drinking window of a wine be calculated?

A lot of the aging potential of wine (or beer even) has to do with oxygen. If you didn't put a lid on the bottle, it would oxidise pretty quickly as it is exposed to the air. It would go from red to ...
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Why would an aged beer explode?

Any beverage that is "bottle conditioned," with active yeast, has the possibility of this happening. In most cases, the yeast will be limited by either - Fermentable sugars already being depleted (...
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What properties help mead to age without skunking?

Even though you think this is a issue with certain types of mead during aging, I can't help but think you are just dealing with contamination that is turning some batches foul. I've never read of any ...
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How can I tell whether a beer will improve with age?

Home brew here: I do German Hefeweitzen, or wheats. No preservatives. Did a dark one, went overboard on the dark malt, used 4 times as much as I should. Got something that tasted like a Guiness out of ...
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