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Old 03-12-2011, 11:17 AM   #1
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I bottled a copper ale a couple weeks ago and have all the bottles in my fridge. It takes up the whole bottom shelf pretty much. I'm about to bottle a hefe and was wondering if that other beer isn't finished by the time I need to put the new brew in, can I take it out and store it around 60-65 degrees in my basement?

The brew in my fridge now is my first brew. I would have no problems finishing it if I liked it more. It's been a struggle to get through because I'm drinking it myself basically. I'm not proud enough of it to give it away.

If taking the bottles out of the fridge is a problem, for future reference do I just store for around 3 weeks @ 70 then store them room temp? Then when I want to drink them I just put them in the fridge for 48 hours before?
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:24 AM   #2
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I bottled a copper ale a couple weeks ago and have all the bottles in my fridge. It takes up the whole bottom shelf pretty much. I'm about to bottle a hefe and was wondering if that other beer isn't finished by the time I need to put the new brew in, can I take it out and store it around 60-65 degrees in my basement?

The brew in my fridge now is my first brew. I would have no problems finishing it if I liked it more. It's been a struggle to get through because I'm drinking it myself basically. I'm not proud enough of it to give it away.

If taking the bottles out of the fridge is a problem, for future reference do I just store for around 3 weeks @ 70 then store them room temp? Then when I want to drink them I just put them in the fridge for 48 hours before?
No need to put your ales in the fridge until a few days before your ready to drink them. They will age better at 65-70 than they will in the fridge.
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:47 AM   #3
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So is it ok to take them out now or will that just mess them up?
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:48 AM   #4
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You can take them out now. They won't 'uncarb'. You'll be fine.
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I keep full cases on a shelf in my basement and move sixers to a dorm fridge about a few days a head. No problems yet.
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Old 03-12-2011, 12:34 PM   #6
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I didn't think they would uncarb. I was just worried it would create off flavors. I know "skunking" only happens with extreme temp changes but I wasn't sure if anyone else could happen. I guess I'll just take some out and make room for my next batch.

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Skunking usually comes from being exposed to light. The hot/cold storage only really applies to BMC in my opinion. As long as your not freezing or boiling you'll be fine.
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