Aging beer? - Page 2 - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Aging beer?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-17-2012, 06:38 PM   #11
solbes
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Ramsey & Akeley, Mn
Posts: 2,975
Liked 237 Times on 217 Posts


Higher alcohol content will generally age better. Hoppy beers I prefer to consume within 2 months of bottling as the dry hop aroma is usually gone by that point (for me at least). Belgians age great. Dopple bocks too. I plan on brewing my first RIS soon, and I will keep half of it for consumption after 1 year in bottle.


__________________
Primary #1: Umlaut my Kölsch VII #2: Empty
Secondary #1
: Empty #2: Empty #3: Cab MerMarqeNac Wine
Kegged
: Mugged a Monk Paters
Bottles
: Dark Belgian Strong, Black Raspberry Rhubarb wine, RIS, Carmel Apple Cider, Big 50 Barleywine, Framboise Lambic, Barolo Wine, Berry Rhubarb Wine, Black Currant wine
On Deck: BGSA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2012, 10:06 PM   #12
GuldTuborg
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
GuldTuborg's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
OH
Posts: 4,523
Liked 941 Times on 645 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by dnslater View Post
Not bad, just no longer true to style.
I guess it depends how you interpret the style. The original IPAs were shipped to India, and consumed with some good age on them, no doubt. It was designed as a style that aged well, on a long and warm boat ride. I think a good IPA and DIPA ages quite nicely, though there's no question the aged product is very different than the fresh product.

In general, though, barley wines and RISs tend to age the most gracefully. Most any big beer will, however. Beers with high levels of roasted malts or complex grainbills also benefit from some age, to allow the flavors to soften, meld, and round out a bit. Carboys work to age as well, and are generally cheaper than kegs, though allow more oxygen in.


__________________
*Member: The HBT Sweaty Fat Guys Cigar Club

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2012, 02:40 AM   #13
Maffew
Recipes 
 
Jan 2012
Due West, SC
Posts: 42
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts


Ok, What about a porter? How long would you guys think it would retain its flavor in the bottle?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2012, 03:48 AM   #14
GuldTuborg
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
GuldTuborg's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
OH
Posts: 4,523
Liked 941 Times on 645 Posts


Retain its flavor? Beers don't so much retain or lose their flavor so much as they change in flavor over time. Sometimes it's a change for the better, sometimes not. Porters ome in all shapes and sizes, so I could only say that the higher the alcohol and roasted grain percentages, and bitterness, the more it will tend to age well.

If you're looking for numbers, I occasionally make a 6.5% porter with a pretty high level of chocolate and black malts, hopped pretty well to balance, and I've found it's generally at its best around 3-6 months after brewing. None of the bottles have lasted past a year, so I can't comment on the long term potential.
__________________
*Member: The HBT Sweaty Fat Guys Cigar Club

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2012, 04:07 AM   #15
Qhrumphf
Stay Rude, Stay Rebel, Stay SHARP
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Qhrumphf's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2011
Arlington (DC), VA
Posts: 13,333
Liked 3404 Times on 2434 Posts


I'd say the general rules are darker, stronger, or sour will age the best. Like others have said, hoppier is better fresh (at least if you want the strongest hop aroma), wheats are better fresh, and I don't think most lagers age too well either.


__________________
Next: Milk Stout, English Nut Brown
Primary: House ESB, House Best Bitter
Souring: '14 Brett C Old Ale, '15 Lambic, '14 Lambic, '14 Flemish Red, '15 Flemish Pale, '15 Oud Bruin, '15 Session Kriek
Bottled: Kitchen Sink Tripel-ish-thing
Casked:
Cellar: '10 Brett B Tripel, '11 Lambic, '13 Brett C English Barleywine, '13 Quadrupel, '13 Sour Stout, '14 Brett C Bitter, '14 Spontaneously Fermented Cider, '15 Wee Heavy, '15 100% Brett B Red, '15 100% Brett L Kriek, '15 Bičre de Garde

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Beer aging lyacovett General Beer Discussion 3 06-27-2013 01:35 PM
Aging beer msarro General Beer Discussion 4 06-27-2013 01:34 PM
Aging beer shibbypwn General Beer Discussion 5 04-22-2011 05:35 PM
Aging Bad Beer fellbrew General Beer Discussion 6 05-05-2010 02:52 AM
Aging beer? claphamsa General Beer Discussion 23 05-01-2009 03:11 PM


Forum Jump