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claphamsa 04-29-2009 04:21 PM

Aging beer?
 
How do you decide how long to age your beer?

I was at Dogfishhead last weekend, and they said the 120 aged for :gasp: 6 months before it was served.... and I was thinking, I try to age most beers that long.....(except like Wits and the like)

so I am wondering, what should be aged, and what should be fresh? and how do you determine?

flyangler18 04-29-2009 04:25 PM

Generally speaking, I age based on:

- gravity (higher than 1.060ish)
- complex grain and/or hop bills with big flavors.
- if I am oaking, etc.

Big complex beers need aging, simply put.

Grinder12000 04-29-2009 04:49 PM

yup - what flyangler18 says.

Darker brews seem to need more aging - IPA really smooth out wonderfully with aging. the more ingredients the more aging will help.

You say - But it tastes REALLY good now" just wait and you will be rewarded. HOWEVER - that never seems to stop me LOL

I ALWAYS put at least 1 6-pack away into the 6 month corner of the basement.

Donthoseme 04-29-2009 06:34 PM

I agree to some extent but it really depends on style and gravity.

Bigger beers usually need aging to mellow out harsh flavors and blend things togeather. Sometimes big beers will seem less "hot" with aging.

However IPAs and IIPAs IMO are best young when those hops just walk up behind you, tap you on the shoulder and punch you in the face.

Hefe's are also best when drank young. I prefer my belgians young when there's lots of esters.

Age Barleywines, RIS, Imperial Porters, and big scotish ales.

RC0032 04-29-2009 06:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Donthoseme (Post 1292078)
Age Barleywines, RIS, Imperial Porters, and big scotish ales.

How long are we talking here? 6 months?

flyangler18 04-29-2009 06:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RC0032 (Post 1292099)
How long are we talking here? 6 months?

At minimum. At 6 months, I'd call big beers like those still green. Barleywines can continue to mature for years.

Donthoseme 04-29-2009 08:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flyangler18 (Post 1292103)
At minimum. At 6 months, I'd call big beers like those still green. Barleywines can continue to mature for years.

+1 AGE THOSE BABIES

Grinder12000 04-29-2009 08:31 PM

I think IPAs are too edgey young. I had one of mine after 5 months and iot was so much better - not rough around the edges but smooth and hoppy, not raspy.

RC0032 04-29-2009 09:15 PM

- We should have people start adding to their recipes when the beer is in its prime.
- Or make a general list of times.
- I dont get how an IPA is in its prime 5 months in if hops fade over time.

chri5 04-30-2009 05:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RC0032 (Post 1292564)
- We should have people start adding to their recipes when the beer is in its prime.
- Or make a general list of times.
- I dont get how an IPA is in its prime 5 months in if hops fade over time.

All depends on what you are going for. A big beer like an IPA is probably better as a whole after 4-5 months of aging, even if some of the hop aroma has faded. Remember, you can dry hop after all that aging and still have that hop aroma nice and fresh.


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