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Old 08-03-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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Default Irish Red (Smithwicks style) - 12 months later

So I haven't gotten into the bottles that I've had aging for a while, and today opened a 22oz bottle of my Irish Red that I brewed last year. This beer has been good, but this bottle is Great! I couldn't remember when I brewed this beer, so I looked back at my brewing notes...

I brewed this beer on 8/3/2011. A complete coincidence that I opened this bottle exactly 12 months later. I can't believe that I had the patience to even hang on to beer this long. I really enjoy sampling bottles at different weeks to test the difference. Lesson learned, I need to brew more so I can age longer.

Now for a question...I just ordered a dual corny keg set up from Midwest Supply. I will brew this weekend and keg this next batch. How important is it to let beer age in a keg? Do I put that on gas to remove the oxygen and then leave at room temp, or do I keep it in the fridge? On or off the gas?

Here's to the patience to not rush our brews and to let them age to perfection!

Cheers,
Mike

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Old 08-04-2012, 11:38 AM   #2
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You could store it warm or cold, but you will want to hit it with co2 and purge several times to get the oxygen out of the headspace.

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