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Old 03-24-2009, 04:23 PM   #1
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Howdy all... I'm new to brewing, and just kegged my first batch - a Wheat Beer. Without tooting my horn too much, it's just about the best beer I've ever tasted. That said, I'm always looking to improve, and noticed that the beer actually tasted much better after it warmed up some. Right now, my kegerator is set at about 38. Is this too cold? Just curious if one of you had the "magic number" for serving a wheat beer.

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Old 03-24-2009, 05:22 PM   #2
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personal preference, but anywhere from 36-44 degrees. just be sure to adjust your tap
pressure, the warmer the keg, the lower the tap pressure. thisll keep the carbonation in, and that can affect mouthfeel and flavor as well.
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Old 03-24-2009, 05:25 PM   #3
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+1 to 36-44. A lot of the range just has to do with personal preference, and the style of beer. I prefer to serve at 40-44.

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Old 03-24-2009, 05:28 PM   #4
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I keep mine around 42-44 for all styles.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:04 PM   #5
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ive found that 36 seems to work well for me on all my brews. i like beer to be right at the point at which it freezes, but you cant do that when serving from a tap.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:34 PM   #6
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ive found that 36 seems to work well for me on all my brews. i like beer to be right at the point at which it freezes, but you cant do that when serving from a tap.
why, will it cause problems?

 
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:47 PM   #7
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why, will it cause problems?
Your lines will freeze.

Also, I can't imagine drinking a lot of styles that cold. So many sty are so much more muted at the lower temps.

 
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:49 PM   #8
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37F is perfect for me. It's cold enough for the lighter styles, but warm enough that you don't have to wait long for a pint of stout to warm up. SWMBO likes the beer super cold, so I got her some ice mugs to keep in the freezer. A minute in those and there is a good layer of slush on top.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:11 PM   #9
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Since I am originally from England, the perfect temp for my beer is fresh from the basement/cellar at about 50-55deg F! I find that any warmer and they have too much head and in a fridge they develop a chill haze and not much head.

 
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:38 PM   #10
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well i like my homebrews to be at about 36F, but when i drink commercial piss water, just about freezing works. sorry i didnt clarify that.
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