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Old 03-30-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any recommended Articles or sources on beer shelf life? I am curious about bottle vs keg, affect from beer styles, and warm bottle vs cold bottles. I noticed my bottled pale ale tastes like crap after sitting in the fridge for 4 months.

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:10 AM   #2
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Higher OG beers typically age better, hoppy beers lose their hopiness after a few monts. Yeastier beers seem to age well. I would presume warm beers would age quicker than chilled ones.

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Thanks. I was wondering if there was a chart, rules of thumb, or something more specific. If i am rogue, do I have sell by dates on all my beers? Otherwise, a customer may buy their beer and think they make crappy beer and never buy them again.

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I recall Charles Bamforth saying that above 72 degrees degradation begins and of course increases as temp increases. It is pretty quick too.

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I have a dark beer that is at about 75 weeks in the bottle and it's getting really good. My pale ales peaked at about 8 weeks and went downhill from loss of hop aroma. These were all stored at 72 degrees.

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