Originally Posted by andre the giant
Just remember, the longer it sits, the better it gets.
Uhhh. I would not make rash statements like that. Every beer has an lifespan. If you let it sit too long you will have crappy tasting beer.
Wheat beers commonly taste good very early and loose flavor as they get older, so your statement does not hold true there either.
Every beer has a "Prime" Age. Each one is different. You should make note of when the beer tastes best and tap it during that time of it;s life. Some takes 2 weeks ....some take 2 months, some take 2 years to reach their prime. One beer might take 2 months to reach it's prime and another beer may be heading downhill by that time.
Remember this....."Every Beer is different. Treat them that way."
Every Friday night is Beer Tasting Night at my house. I taste everything and make notes in my Brew Log. This is so I can consume my beers during their Prime. As soon as I taste a beer starting to decline....I make it that weeks priority. I also bottle partial kegs and give them away when it's time is almost up.
Did you know that some beers have 2 or 3 different times that they taste best. I have a Brown ale recipe that goes through 3 differnt phases. Each phase has a completely different taste and in between the phases it tastes like crap. Phase 1 is in 10 days after kegging. It lasts for 5 days then like cutting off a switch, it transforms into something horrible then 14 days later it peaks again and lasts for 7 days then transforms into another dirt tasting mess. Then on week 6 it transforms into something wonderful again and last for 6 weeks atleast...I have never had any left after that long so I do not know how long it lasts.