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Old 5th Mar 2015, 17:22
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Drinking From An Opened Bottle of Lager

Okay, here's the deal. The Mrs. and I recently went up to Stowe, VT to do some skiing. (Lots and lots of snow there!) While we were there we paid a visit to the von Trapp family resort which also, and conveniently, has a small brewery on the premise. A brewery which produces some very fine Austrian-style lagers, pilsners and ales. Very, very fine indeed.

Anyway, I bought a few "growlers" to take home with me. Each growler hosts 35 oz. of this locally-brewed Nirvana! Anyway, I opened one last night and couldn't quite finish it. Normally I would toss the remainder down the drain the following morning BUT this brew costs $15 per growler and is also just too good to toss down the drain.

I poured one mug of the Trapp Dark Lager and put the remainder, in the bottle of course, back in the fridge. This is what the "growler" looks like. Note the stopper:



So, okay to drink or should I bite the bullet it and toss it?
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 17:25
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As long as nobody else has got to it for a swig, I'd say that it's 'good to go' . . .
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 17:31
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Nope, no one else is authorized to go near my beer stash. Under penalty of....a wuppin'.
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 17:48
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With a stopper like that, you should be "good to go" to add it to your collection of empties. Celerity of consumption is of the essence, of course
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Drink a few of the unopened ones first, then you'll no longer worry whether the opened one is safe before you drink it.
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 17:53
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What a grand suggestion. I just might do that!
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 17:57
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I thought this thread was going to be about those fashion victims who think it's smart to drink beer straight out of the bottle, when it's a far better drink when carefully decanted into a glass from which it can be properly appreciated.

Unless of course they're guzzling complete pi55 anyway so the method of drinking it is immaterial (almost certainly the case).
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 18:07
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I thought Rangers bit the necks off.

No wait, I'm confusing it with wild game.
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 18:12
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You're confusing Rangers with wild game? WTF?
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 18:14
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"So I gave him that last bottle aye, that once held bitter ale. And we were singing, hymns and arias...." Answers on a post card.

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Old 5th Mar 2015, 18:37
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Especially when you are drinking from a growler!!
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 18:46
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Looks like a nice beer, a cross between a dunkel beer and a lager, this is what an enthusiastic drinker posted on their web site -

Served in a willibecker. Pours the color of eggplant with a loose, off-white head. Nose is malty and slightly vinous with a hint of clean yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, it all comes off a bit dull. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with an even carbonation, perhaps a bit assertive, with a kiss of acidity co-mingled. Overall, decent and drinkable but a bit lacking in terms of the fruity character I've come to associate with the style.
That really should be poured into a glass to appreciate, if you are worried that the half open bottle may have become flat, you could open a second bottle and pour both into a suitable tall glass to create a decent head and release the flavours.
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 18:53
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RGB, in contact with oxygen, beer will quickly start to go 'flat'. How quickly that happens is a function of the temperature (colder naturally slows this down) and how much O2 (the less O2 the better). That's why proper home keg taps use CO2 and keep the beer refrigerated.

As long as you put it back in the fridge, it's not unsafe to drink, but it's gone flat it may not taste too good.

BTW, most Growlers I've seen were 64 ounces or 2 liters - which is a lot for a single sitting if it's only me . I've sometimes consumed ~half, put the rest in the fridge, and finished off the next day and it was fine.
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 19:01
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To set the record straight as it seems I might have misled some to think I would drink such a beer directly from the bottle: oh, hell no! Sacre' Bleu!

The dark lager contained in this bottle, currently sitting in the fridge at home, will most assuredly be poured into a suitable glass. As I do with all beer I drink.

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The o2 this bottle "experienced" before I flipped the lid back on and back into the fridge was minimal: 30-45 seconds?

I'm not too concerned with the lager going flat as it was sort of flat to begin with, with minimal carbonation. Although the von Trapp family labels it a "dark lager" it's more like a porter to my taste buds.

All in all extremely drinkable.
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 19:27
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You claim to have been a Ranger, anybody knows that a Ranger will drink anything, so I think that you are just trying to piss us off 'coz we don't have any of that brew.
Send a bottle over and all will be forgiven.

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Old 5th Mar 2015, 19:30
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Perhaps you should 'breathe' into the bottle before fixing the cap - ie CO2 replaces O2.

Growler.
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 19:33
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But Rangers, or former ones anyway, have extremely discerning taste buds when it comes to drinking brew. If you ever have the misfortune of seeing a group of former Rangers gathered together and drinking copious amounts of that grand old American camel piss known as Budweiser (Buttwiper) it's only a feint to throw the observer off. We kick down doors for some good brew.

PS: If you want some of this same liquid Nirvana courtesy of the von Trapp family, how many miles is it between California and Vermont?
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Too many......, plus it is cold over there, and I have Lagunitas IPA

I agree with your assessment of Bud
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 19:42
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I definitely wouldn't worry too much about the safety aspect of consuming a beer that had been opened and refrigerated overnight. It is no different than doing the same with a soft drink. Unfortunately I can't speak for the taste aspect of 24hr old beer as in my house the stuff doesn't normally remain in the bottle long enough to make it back to the fridge before being converted to piss

It does look like a nice beer though, would be a terrible shame to waste it.
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Old 5th Mar 2015, 21:30
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This is the bit that bothers me;

I opened one last night and couldn't quite finish it.
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