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Old 05-29-2011, 02:14 AM   #1
VanHolton
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Last fall, I started cellaring a few beers. I have a couple really nice stouts, some barleywine, and a keg of imperial stout I brewed at the beginning of September. Now that summer is upon us, I'm noticing my cellar temperature getting up to 65. I'm not sure how much further up it will go, but I'm wondering how much is acceptable. Does anyone have any advice? What's the upper threshold for cellar temp, and what are the risks?
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Old 05-29-2011, 03:08 AM   #2
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Bump, I want to know as well here, going through the same thing.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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Anyone?

 
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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Am I better off in the fridge?

 
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:37 PM   #5
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I've been cellaring beer, this being my second summer and I have the same problem with the temp rising. I haven't noticed my big beers developing any unpleasant flavors. BTW my temp usually gets up to about 70-72 in the dead of summer. My feeling is RDWHAHB.

 
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:12 PM   #6
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My cellar is more of a heated basement (68*). I will often keep beer for up to a year and it is fine.

 
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:22 PM   #7
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Ok. Thanks for sharing your experiences, guys.

 
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:59 AM   #8
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Same thing started happening here in Madison. Temps in my under-stairs cellar started creeping up to 65ish in the last week or so. I was always under the assumption that warmer temps=shorter bottle life, cooler temps=longer bottle life. Personally, I was more comfortable moving them to my 45deg keezer than messing with warmer temps. My two cents...


 
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