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Kaingers 01-05-2011 09:38 PM

Beer Aging
I have tried to find definative answers on the correct temperature to age beer. I have viewed poindexter's video, but he does not specify what to do with the beer once it has carbonated at room temp for 3 to 4 weeks. Will a beer continue to age correctly at room temperature (70 degrees) or should it be placed in a fridge? Yes I'm a noob:ban:

jfr1111 01-05-2011 09:51 PM

Beer storage can probably be summarized in two words: dark and cool. Unless you're planning on multiple months of storage for a beer that needs the aging (ie. Barleywine, Trippel, etc.), a closet in the basement will be enough. Just make sure to keep the beer at stable temperatures.

Once you start planning for on keeping a beer for a year or more (not advisable for most styles) do you need to start thinking about proper cellaring. You can always get an electric wine cellar or put it in the fridge, altough a fridge is a harsh environment (mold spores abound, UV light, etc.)

Docjowles 01-05-2011 09:59 PM

If you just want it to keep fresh as long as possible, keep it in the fridge. Heat makes a beer go stale faster.

If you want it to age and mature, you want it more like 50-60 fahrenheit. Consistent temperature is also important. Beer hates going from hot to cold to hot to cold even in the bottle. So it would be better to have it a bit too cold or a bit too hot than all over the place.

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