Originally Posted by RedGlass
Yikes! This whole time I thought my beer tasted delicious...but its been doomed all along!
Obviously staling happens, but your concerns are based on hyperbole and not reality at the homebrewing level. There are plenty of examples on these forums of people having beer sit at the OP's temps after primary without complaining of stale beer.
I believe I addressed the OP's question pretty good. If you let a beer fully ferment
out and then put it in secondary. I would highly recommend not letting it sit at 80f. In fact I wouldn't even put it in a secondary at all, introducing all that oxygen after your ferment has completed is bad news. On the other hand
if you still have fermenting to do then this is fine. But I still wouldn't push up the temp that high.
@jacefive: That is the true test. If the beer tastes good, that means you don't have to go looking for ways to improve the beer. If the beer tastes off in some way, then I might look at keeping that temp down a bit. Or ditching the secondary. I even dry hop in primary, works just fine.