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Burying your beers

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Beerontwowheels, Oct 5, 2012.

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  1. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    I remember reading bottles of DFH when I first started getting into craft that said to bury the beers in your backyard and dig them up a few years later.

    I know one guy who has actually done this. Any of you guys try this method of 'cellaring'? Any fun stories of forgetting exactly where you buried your treasures?
  2. pmoney

    pmoney Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I live in Illinois where the temps range from over 100 in the summer to below 0 in the winter.

    So no, that would be a terrible idea. :)
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  3. Beerontwowheels

    Beerontwowheels Nov 22, 2009 Maryland

    If you dig a few feet down into the earth, I believe the temp swings are much kinder to your beer.
  4. leedorham

    leedorham Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    With the effort it would take to dig a hole deep enough to do this, I think I'd just go ahead and build a small root cellar.

    Although I did hear a good idea once where someone said they were going to brew a pumpkin beer, bury it in a coffin, then "exhume" it on Halloween.
  5. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    I'm totally stealing this idea
  6. leedorham

    leedorham Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Steal away. I just read it in a post a long time ago. Never heard if he ended up doing it.
  7. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn May 27, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    I've heard this procedure increases the beers' earthy flavors.
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  8. youradhere

    youradhere Feb 29, 2008 Washington
    Beer Trader

    I remember a post like this about a year ago, can't find it though.
  9. jedwards

    jedwards Feb 3, 2009 California

    Essentially, the soil acts as a low-pass filter, damping temperature swings at an increasing level the further down you go until the dirt basically is a constant temperature, approximately equal to the annual average temperature in the region you live, somewhere between 20 and 30 feet down. Gold has a good amount of detail on this in How and Why To Build a Wine Cellar, including formulae for deriving max and min temps based on your conditions and specific soil type.

    That being said, you don't have to go very far down to get into a good temperature range -- in most of southern New England, going down ten feet will put you solidly within the 40-60F range. But that's fairly deep to bury a single box of beer...
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  10. pearljam118

    pearljam118 Jul 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I read somewhere that this is a ridiculous notion.
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  11. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    I want to do the pumpkin thing...
  12. benjaminahudson

    benjaminahudson Sep 29, 2012 North Carolina

    i read somewhere that a nosy neighbor may dig up your stash and sleep with your wife while you are at work.
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  13. crushedvol

    crushedvol Jan 29, 2008 Illinois

    Geeze, One time i did that, and it just keeps getting brought up
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  14. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn May 27, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    Don't know why people keep digging that up. So much easy to just bury it and leave it there.
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  15. RC0032

    RC0032 Mar 10, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Whats our frost line? 20" ?
  16. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Or while you're stuck in a 10 foot deep hole.
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  17. xnicknj

    xnicknj May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    yeah, didnt someone make a post about burying a set of bourbon county (rare, coffee, vanilla, etc) under their house and planning to leave them there for 5 years?
  18. ncaudle

    ncaudle May 28, 2010 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    we have a group in town that meets up every march for the "beerdig" party.
    we dig up a bunch of buckets that we buried the year before, enjoy the various beers inside said buckets that we want, then end the day by burying another group of buckets of beer till the following year.

    some beers keep being put in to the future buckets and get buried repeatedly over years...
    the buckets are about 5'-6' down and keep the beer incredibly well.
  19. afrokaze

    afrokaze Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    Been wanting to do this with a WWS/120 Min and some homebrew for a while but I have to settle down somewhere first lol. Definitely gonna do this one day with a homebrew sour and imp stout!
  20. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Feb 12, 2012 Georgia
    Moderator Subscriber Beer Trader

    I think burying the good is pretty much the only way to keep me from drinking them.. Lazy.
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  21. cpjtr9559

    cpjtr9559 Nov 30, 2007 New York

    i read some where that i killed him
  22. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Oct 28, 2011 Maine

    no one caches beers for after the zombie apocalypse? rookie mistake.
  23. benjaminahudson

    benjaminahudson Sep 29, 2012 North Carolina

    The trick is to wait for the Zombies to roll through the areas where the breweries and distributors are, and sneak in afterwards and grab and go.
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  24. gtermi

    gtermi Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    Probably right before the site collapsed
  25. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Oct 28, 2011 Maine

    Do you want to be without while you wait? That is poor planning my friend.... What if all you find is Natty and Beast? Ounce of prevention....
  26. antlerwrestler19

    antlerwrestler19 Nov 24, 2010 Nebraska
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  27. RochefortChris

    RochefortChris Oct 2, 2012 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I see what you did there (sorry, couldn't resist)
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  28. benjaminahudson

    benjaminahudson Sep 29, 2012 North Carolina

    Natty; now THERE'S a session beer! :)
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