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Old 01-05-2009, 01:37 AM   #1
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Default How long do wheat beers stay good?

I have heard that wheat beers should be drunk young.

How long will a wheat beer stay good?

Assume kegged beer (ale, are there wheat lagers?) stored either at 65*F or 38*F.

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Old 01-05-2009, 01:46 AM   #2
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38F? WAY too cold :/

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Old 01-05-2009, 01:54 AM   #3
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Wheat beers will be good for several months, but I find that if you like the yeast flavor/aroma then within 2 months of brewing gives the best results. Now, if you don't care for the banana/clove/spice of a hefe yeast it will definitely mellow over time so that may be a good thing.

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I've had some of my HWs over 1 year and they were still good drinking.

True, they are better when younger...

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Thanks.

I have a dunkel and a cherry in the kegerator now, so I guess I will hold off until one or the other is gone (or about gone) before I brew a hefe.

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I brewed a wit 8 months ago, and it was still good when I had a bottle last week (only two more left now: time for a repeat batch I think :-)

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