How long to put bottle in fridge before drinking? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > How long to put bottle in fridge before drinking?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-22-2009, 12:39 AM   #1
Bassman
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
NYC
Posts: 254
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



My ale will be in the bottle 2 weeks tomorrow. I know it is best to wait 3 weeks before consuming. But I would like to test it before Christmas to see if I should hand some out to family, plus I want to brew this weekend and want to make adjustments based on this brew.

So no problem.

But I have read to put the bottle in the fridge for 2 days before drinking and I wondering if that is necessary. Why not just one day or half a day. I would think ( assume ) that the beer will be cold and the carbonation will be evenly distributed.

Any thoughts?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 12:52 AM   #2
Dewangski1
Recipes 
 
Apr 2009
Richmond, Va
Posts: 42

It's not necessary at all, but I recommend it. Bottle conditioned beer has yeast floating around and scavenging for sugar, this cleaning up the flavor of the beer and allowing all of the different flavors from the malt you used to be broken down and melded into the flavor of your beer. Yeast sediments at cooler temps, this will take away much of the yeast flavor.

Go ahead a put one in now and drink it up at your earliest convenience, but also put another bottle in with it and wait for 2 weeks and try it. You'll taste a difference. For this reason, I try to stay about 1 week ahead of my habit. Sunday is restock day for, and I restock when I have about a week of bottles left, so that there's plenty of time for the yeast to fall out.

I think a general rule is that carbonation takes about a week. It can be faster at higher temps, but generally it's done in 1 week in a bottle. However, bottle conditioning does wonders and the longer you wait, typically between 8-12 weeks, the better the beer gets.

Try out your beers at different points and ages. Try beers that are fermented, conditioned, and refrigerated for varying amounts of time. You'll be surprised at how snobbish even that experiment can make you.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 12:54 AM   #3
bubbachunk
 
bubbachunk's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Cincinnati
Posts: 645
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts


The longer it sits the more yeast will fall out of suspension. I have put many in during the day and drank the same night with success. I never noticed a huge difference but some may disagree.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 12:56 AM   #4
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,763
Liked 8032 Times on 5611 Posts


In my experience, quickly chilled, newly carbed homebrew won't absorb the co2 that well. It takes about a full day in the fridge for the co2 to actually move from the headspace into the beer. It happens best at cold temperatures, but not in just a couple of hours. After the beer has been fully carbed up for a while, then it can be chilled quickly and be ok but a beer that's just getting carbed up will sometimes pour with some foam and still appear to be flat.

You can try it, though! Put two in the fridge now. Try one later tonight, and try one in a day or two. The second one will be a "truer" indication of the amount of carbonation in the beer. They'll still taste good, even if a bit unevenly carbed.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 01:16 AM   #5
mparmer
Recipes 
 
Jul 2009
calhoun ga
Posts: 150
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Mine always seem to taste better after a week or more in the fridge. There's plenty of posts about it you can search. I've tried several batches after only a day or 2 and thought the beer wasn't ready at all and then a week later, it was like a different beer. This has made me a firm believer in the 3 weeks (at least) at 70 and then 1 week in the fridge. It will keep you from wondering what went wrong with your beer (nothing was wrong, it just needed more time)
__________________
Having trouble remembering life before homebrewing.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 01:38 AM   #6
klyph
Recipes 
 
Dec 2009
North Pole, Alaska
Posts: 1,809
Liked 42 Times on 38 Posts


Really depends on the beer and how it was primed. In my experience, bigger (OG not size) beers can be consumed as soon as they're cold (assuming they've primed in a warm environment for several weeks), but smaller beers tend to need to be cold for a couple days to get the right mouthfeel and to get the carbonation to stay after the pour. When I quick chilled some small beers, they would foam up on the pour, but tasted flat after the head settled. YMMV.
__________________
10 gallon electric system
Stovetop 110v single vessel 5 gallon system

Primary: saison
Secondary: nada
Conditioning: macaroon stout
Drinking: store bought

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 01:39 AM   #7
HOP-HEAD
Recipes 
 
Oct 2008
West Michigan
Posts: 503
Liked 10 Times on 9 Posts


I've been known to put a bottle in the freezer for an hour and drink it...as I'm sure many others do from time to time. It works, it's still beer, and it's cold. So if you're itching for a taste, go for it.

But.... as others have stated, it is definitely better after a day or so, and it clears significantly if given a week or two.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 06:18 AM   #8
Yankeehillbrewer
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Yankee Hill, CA
Posts: 1,541
Liked 29 Times on 29 Posts


Since I can't seem to remember every detail about every beer I drink, i don't think it really matters.
__________________
Kegged: NADA
Bottled: Blackberry Mead
Primary #1:IPA
Primary #2:
Secondary:
On Deck: Pilsener, Brown, Barleywine, Coffee Porter

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 02:59 PM   #9
ibbones
Recipes 
 
Jun 2009
Victoria, Texas
Posts: 561
Liked 16 Times on 8 Posts


I like to put it in the fridge for a day or two before I drink it.
__________________
"BONES"

Gun control is being able to hit your target.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2009, 05:09 PM   #10
Bassman
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
NYC
Posts: 254
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I put a bottle in this morning at 2 AM ( had the early shift today ). Tomorrow night I'm sampling. So that will be close to 2 days. This should be fun!

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How long to put beer in fridge after bottle conditioning? Patton191 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 02-04-2016 07:24 PM
How long does it take a bottle of beer to warm up from the fridge? NotALamer General Beer Discussion 15 07-14-2009 05:19 PM
Drinking from the Bottle Scut_Monkey General Beer Discussion 41 06-22-2009 03:21 AM
How long should I wait before drinking a Stout kriso77 Extract Brewing 7 03-07-2008 01:00 AM
drinking from the bottle Alembic General Beer Discussion 3 01-12-2006 01:35 AM


Forum Jump