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Old 08-09-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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I recently brewed a really nice rye IPA, my first 5 gal batch using all grain. It's pretty tasty, so I invited some friends at work to a tasting the following day during lunch break. I bike to work, and that morning I put a 24 oz bottle in a snug pocket of my backpack on my way to work. Put it in a really cold refrigerator when I got in and went to my desk. The tasting was about 3.5 hours after fridging the beer, but I wonder if it needed more time.

At home the beer has been pouring with pretty good clarity. Not really cloudy, but it was pretty cloudy when I poured it out into 3 cups for the tasting. Also, I feel like the taste wasn't quite as delicious as it is at home straight out of the fridge. This is only my 5th batch, but I'm thinking that the yeast sediment got a little roused during transit, and it needed more time in the fridge to settle back out.

So considering this, is it safe to assume that bottle conditioned beers that are transported by bike (or any other method that's not super smooth) might need a full day in the fridge to settle out before giving to your beer snob friends?

My coworkers were still highly impressed, but they had no reference point to what I have experienced with this brew. I sensed that it wasn't at its peak, but they said they would drink it at pub and it would be as good as the next IPA.

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So considering this, is it safe to assume that bottle conditioned beers that are transported by bike (or any other method that's not super smooth) might need a full day in the fridge to settle out before giving to your beer snob friends?
I would absolutely try to give it a full day in the fridge if possible. Any beers you bike over will have sediment kicked up pretty good, guaranteed.
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First let the brew bottle condition as long as popssible without losing flavor, that will depend on the type. Refrigerate for at least a couple weeks then transport.

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First let the brew bottle condition as long as popssible without losing flavor, that will depend on the type. Refrigerate for at least a couple weeks then transport.
. . . and if transporting by bike, refrigerate at least a few more day before sharing.
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You are suffering from the amazing phenomenon where we suddenly don't think our beer is good enough for people, even though in reality it is too good. You are your own worst critic. If you want it to be glimmering it has to be refrigerated for days, and poured straight from the fridge.

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You are suffering from the amazing phenomenon where we suddenly don't think our beer is good enough for people, even though in reality it is too good. You are your own worst critic. If you want it to be glimmering it has to be refrigerated for days, and poured straight from the fridge.
This. I always think something is off, but my beer geek friends love everything I throw at them.
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You are suffering from the amazing phenomenon where we suddenly don't think our beer is good enough for people, even though in reality it is too good. You are your own worst critic. If you want it to be glimmering it has to be refrigerated for days, and poured straight from the fridge.
Wait a second! So when my friends tell me that my beer is better than anything they have bought at the store, they aren't just saying that because they feel obligated?!??!
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Wait a second! So when my friends tell me that my beer is better than anything they have bought at the store, they aren't just saying that because they feel obligated?!??!
no they feel obligated. don't get a big head.
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