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Old 02-06-2009, 02:05 PM   #1
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Default Where should I keep my beer now that it is conditioned

My beer has been bottled conditioned for 2 weeks at 65-70 degrees.

I know have too options for storage available to me and I want to know which one will produce better beer.

I can leave it in the crawl space were I conditioned it. The temp in that area is a consistent 60-65 degrees.

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I can put it in the garage where the temp is a consistent 40-45 degrees.

I am looking to put this beer out for poker in a month. So I have 4 more weeks to let it sit and I want to make the most out of that time.

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Old 02-06-2009, 02:11 PM   #2
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I would keep it in the 60-65 degree area for now and then put it in the cooler space about a week before you want to serve it... I would probably refrigerate it for a week prior just to increase the clarity even more (if your beer is going to benefit from clarity).

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Old 02-06-2009, 02:20 PM   #3
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How about both? Two weeks at 60-65, then move it to the 40-45 for two weeks and/or long term storage. Since it's conditioned for only two weeks so far, it could probably use a little more time at the warmer temps anyway.

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Old 02-06-2009, 02:24 PM   #4
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Sounds good! Definetely give it at least a week in the fridge before serving, it should be great.

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Old 02-06-2009, 03:02 PM   #5
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You can keep it at my house....heh.

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Old 02-06-2009, 04:38 PM   #6
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Thanks I kinda figured I should let it sit in the warmer location a little longer to make sure it finishes carbonating.

I like the idea of splitting the time so I am able to still let it sit in a cool place to finish clearing.

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Actually they recommend storing beer close to the temp you will serve it at. I keg condition all my beers at 50f. If your convinced their properly carbonated, I would store them some where close to 50f or so. I vote for the garage. Although 2 weeks doesn't sound long enough to be fully carbed.

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Old 02-06-2009, 05:29 PM   #8
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What kind of beer did you make? In all of my 3 batches (I know, impressive number right?), none of them were properly carbonated until 3 weeks.

My humble (and likely noobish) advice is wait 3 weeks at the warmer temperature, then stick one in the fridge for 24-48 hours before sampling. If it is carbonated properly, then consider a different location for storage. Since the storage may depend on the kind of beer (clarity, aging, etc), you may want to trust the advice from a more experienced brewers.

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