Greetings. So I’m inherited some kits and equipment from a friend who got really excited about brewing and them got even more excited about a redhead. He had brewed several recipes and ordered quite a few kits. He took me down to the basement, probably at the behest of said redhead, and offered me the lot. The kits are are NB extract and are still in the shipping box, unopened, probably two years old. Are the kits still brew Worthy? I know I would need fresh yeast and probably hops. But would every thing else be ok?
Now here’s the gnarly question. There are two buckets and a carboy that have been sitting in a closet for a good three years(?). Bud’s record keeping skills aren’t the best.
Bucket one,when opened had what looked like three inches of brains on top. Got tossed immediately. Question is whether this bucket can be redeemed or does it restart life as a container for next year’s tomatoes?
Bucket two has what appears to be a stout. He said he thought that one was a “Mexican brown sugar porter”. No discernible brains floating on top. Used a thief for a taste test, came out very hot, still reeling from the taste test. Tasted winey with a strong dried fruit taste. Could this one be salvaged and bottled? Bucket safe to use again?
5 gallon carboy is said to contain a pale ale. Again,no brains on top. Tasted very chalked when sampled. Think I’ll toss it, but again, the question whether the carboy can be sanitized enough to use again.
Thanks for the help.