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Old 04-29-2009, 04:21 PM   #1
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How do you decide how long to age your beer?

I was at Dogfishhead last weekend, and they said the 120 aged for :gasp: 6 months before it was served.... and I was thinking, I try to age most beers that long.....(except like Wits and the like)

so I am wondering, what should be aged, and what should be fresh? and how do you determine?
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:25 PM   #2

Generally speaking, I age based on:

- gravity (higher than 1.060ish)
- complex grain and/or hop bills with big flavors.
- if I am oaking, etc.

Big complex beers need aging, simply put.

 
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:49 PM   #3
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yup - what flyangler18 says.

Darker brews seem to need more aging - IPA really smooth out wonderfully with aging. the more ingredients the more aging will help.

You say - But it tastes REALLY good now" just wait and you will be rewarded. HOWEVER - that never seems to stop me LOL

I ALWAYS put at least 1 6-pack away into the 6 month corner of the basement.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:34 PM   #4
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I agree to some extent but it really depends on style and gravity.

Bigger beers usually need aging to mellow out harsh flavors and blend things togeather. Sometimes big beers will seem less "hot" with aging.

However IPAs and IIPAs IMO are best young when those hops just walk up behind you, tap you on the shoulder and punch you in the face.

Hefe's are also best when drank young. I prefer my belgians young when there's lots of esters.

Age Barleywines, RIS, Imperial Porters, and big scotish ales.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:40 PM   #5
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Age Barleywines, RIS, Imperial Porters, and big scotish ales.
How long are we talking here? 6 months?

 
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:43 PM   #6

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How long are we talking here? 6 months?
At minimum. At 6 months, I'd call big beers like those still green. Barleywines can continue to mature for years.


 
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:27 PM   #7
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At minimum. At 6 months, I'd call big beers like those still green. Barleywines can continue to mature for years.
+1 AGE THOSE BABIES
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I think IPAs are too edgey young. I had one of mine after 5 months and iot was so much better - not rough around the edges but smooth and hoppy, not raspy.
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- We should have people start adding to their recipes when the beer is in its prime.
- Or make a general list of times.
- I dont get how an IPA is in its prime 5 months in if hops fade over time.

 
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:06 AM   #10
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- We should have people start adding to their recipes when the beer is in its prime.
- Or make a general list of times.
- I dont get how an IPA is in its prime 5 months in if hops fade over time.
All depends on what you are going for. A big beer like an IPA is probably better as a whole after 4-5 months of aging, even if some of the hop aroma has faded. Remember, you can dry hop after all that aging and still have that hop aroma nice and fresh.

 
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