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celtic_dude 01-04-2009 02:19 AM

beer aging?
 
Will a beer still age when cold? I have an Irish red ale I brewed about 5-6 weeks ago in my keg. It is chilled down to about 45f but still does not taste quite right. Will it still condition at that temp??

CGengo 01-04-2009 02:29 AM

Sure it will, just slower...you're basically lagering the brew. Any reason you can't pull it out of the fridge for a week to condition at 60 - 70 degrees?

celtic_dude 01-04-2009 03:21 AM

I didn't think you could chill a beer, then warm it.

impatient 01-04-2009 03:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by celtic_dude (Post 1041096)
I didn't think you could chill a beer, then warm it.


I am really interested to see a response to this on. Anyone?

jharres 01-04-2009 06:18 AM

I don't see why not. I routinely warm my beers before drinking, as I tend to like them a slight bit cooler than room temp. You don't want to let it get hot or anything, but I don't foresee a problem if you warm it up to 60ish degrees for a couple of weeks to condition. Of course, I'm a noob, so don't take my advice as gold. I'd be interested to see what other more experienced brewers have to say on this.

Flattop 01-04-2009 07:49 AM

Lagering is a common process for making beer in Europe, make the beer and then cellar at 2*c (close to freezing) for months, i guess they warm it up to drink but not to room temp, as far as i am aware only pommies drink warm beer.... ;)

ifishsum 01-04-2009 08:21 AM

I've pulled bottles back out of the fridge for a couple of weeks hoping for a bit more carbonation, I can't see why it would cause a problem. It would speed up the aging process, too.

celtic_dude 01-04-2009 02:15 PM

Does it hurt if it has been @ 9 psi as well?

jharres 01-04-2009 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flattop (Post 1041333)
Lagering is a common process for making beer in Europe, make the beer and then cellar at 2*c (close to freezing) for months, i guess they warm it up to drink but not to room temp, as far as i am aware only pommies drink warm beer.... ;)

Haha, well, I'm no pommie, but I did learn to appreciate good beer while in the UK (mainly Scotland, but hey, it's close enough).


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