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Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Alan -

Having had another look at those photos, do you think the courier obeyed the "this side up" directions?

mo -

Don't toss the frozen bottles. Thaw them out slowly and they'll probably be fine if you drink them soon.

Alan -

Oops. They gone. I don't know when the freezing started. They did smell a bit skunky to me.

Knut Albert -

Yes, it's dangerous. My brother in law bought a lot of wine for Christmas some years ago and left the bottles in his car while he did the rest of his shopping. Lots of expensive vinegar that year.

Knut Albert -

But if they hadn't blackened out your adress, maybe it would have got to you in time?

Alan -

Damn! I knew there was something wrong with that packaging! I had a moment of concern, a recollection of bursting bottles which could be triggered by the change in temperature.

Troy -

I just had some stuff shipped from Alley Kat and the exact same thing happened, 1 froze and 2 just broke, but I did manage to salvage 3 delicious Pale Ales. Fat Cat out in BC is really good at shipping, so is Garrison in Halifax - lots of bubblewrap and cardboard.

Ian in Cowtown -

Sorry to hear about the frozen bottles. Hopefully the remainder are in good shape. If so, I know you'll enjoy the Mild. Its the kind of beer you've been pining for. Light (3.5%) but very tasty. I'd love to see more beers like this but I doubt it. Here's hoping mild will be the new extreme.

Alan -

I am very pleased it survived. It may lose it's independent existence this very night.

Good Burp -

That is tragic. I am in the process of making my first trade. I hope my package shows up better than yours did.

John Phoenix -

I am a professional beer connoisseur. ( I'm 41 and have been drinking beer most of my life lets put it that way.)

I have read the yahoo answers and such but from a professional brewer standpoint I wish to know: Does the alcohol content of beer go down when it freezes? Or even lets say some of it freezes and leaves that annoying frozen section in the bottle neck that you have to let thaw before you can drink it.

if you answer is no, it doesn't affect the strength, then what other problems besides having to let it thaw and broken bottles hapopen when it freezes?

I'm a New Orleans southern boy.. beer here Never freezes. ( unless you leave it in the freezer too long)

And lastly, another question.. I have heard that the shelf life of beer is 30 days. after that time the alcohol starts to turn to tanic acid and that's what gives you a headache when you drink beer. What do you think about this?

Jack Clark -

John. The alcohol of beer shoud not decrease when frozen. If anything, if may even increase since water freezes before ethanol. Onced thawed everthing should return to normal.

The sediment you see in frozen beer is mostly Beta Glucans. If only frozen once and gradually thawed, the beer should clear up on it's own. Multiple freezings and the haze becomes permanent.

If your beer's shelf life is only 30 days you have a severe problem. If your beer is pasteurized you shouldn't be concerned about microbiological stability. Shelf life mainly refer to physical stability, which is how long the beer stays clear before you notice the haze/sediment of the protein/tannin complex. This will depend on how well the beer has been naturally stabilized in the brewing/aging process, or artifically stabilized with adsorbant filter aids like PVPP or silica gels. Some refer to the flavour stability when speaking about shelf-life, which is how long the beer stands up before it oxidizes (opposite of fresh). This will depend on how good the oxygen control was throughout the brewing, aging and packaging process.

So you see the answer to "what is the shelf life of beer" is not easy. It depends....It's sort of like asking how long is a piece of rope.

Ethanol does not turn into tannins.