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Old 08-22-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Mellowing with age

Back in June (the 10th to be exact) I kegged an extract Belgian Blonde that came in at 7% ABV. Aged it in the fridge for 30 days before enjoying the fruits of my labor. At first, the taste offered a strong fruit taste in the background. However now, the Blonde has really mellowed and become much much smoother. Do you think this may be due to the longer cold aging?
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
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I brew an IPA with Citra and Warrior hops.

At two months I cannot drink it because it is too bitter for me.

As the months go one it mellows and becomes very complex... strong hops but not bitter.

Some beers age well... a Beer at 7% ABV "can" fit that description...

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Old 08-22-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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I would be interested in learning more about what happens through aging beer scientifically speaking. I know hops fade, some harsh flavors become less obvious and the malt sweetness can come through.

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Old 08-22-2012, 07:41 PM   #4
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Do you keg the IPA and then store it to "cold age" in the fridge. for a few months prior to tapping?

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I would be interested in learning more about what happens through aging beer scientifically speaking. I know hops fade, some harsh flavors become less obvious and the malt sweetness can come through.
I served what I thought was my stout at a family reunion and it was getting great reviews.

It had a complex notes that were hard for folks to describe.

So I spent sometime trying to identify what beer it was;;;; since I just grabbed a few kegs from the back of the storage unit...

It turned out it was my Christmas Beer from last year,,, maybe 8-10 months old.

The spices had mellowed to the point they were almost undetectable / unidentifiable.

BUT they seemed to be the key to to complex flavor...

Since then I have not had a keg last that long... so I don't know if this could be reproduced... But I am willing to give it a shot!!!

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