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Old 09-19-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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I came across a thread where multiple people mention they keep their beer above 40 degrees. I was always under the impression the folder the better. Any thoughts on this?


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Old 09-19-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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IMHO it depends on the beer. Generally if the brew is warmer then more flavor will come out.


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Old 09-19-2013, 05:28 PM   #3
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Different beer styles have different preferred serving temperatures. For example, a nice light American Adjunct Ale might have a colder serving temperature than a big thick Russian Imperial Stout. Serving temperature is about bringing as much flavor and aroma out of your beer.
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Thoughts? Yes. The less you want to taste the beer, the colder it should be served.
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IMHO it depends on the beer. Generally if the brew is warmer then more flavor will come out.
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Different beer styles have different preferred serving temperatures. For example, a nice light American Adjunct Ale might have a colder serving temperature than a big thick Russian Imperial Stout. Serving temperature is about bringing as much flavor and aroma out of your beer.
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Some people take the approach of storing and serving at cellar temperature. We all have vary different houses and space for what can and can not be done.

For me beers are in the garage fridge, when I take one out I just let it warm up a bit in bottle on the counter before opening and pouring/serving.
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I keep my beer pretty cold (32-34 F). I figure it warms up a bit while I'm enjoying it, so by the end of the glass, it tastes even better than when I started.

However, if I stored it at 40 F, such that it was already that temperature when I started the glass, then by the end of the glass it'd be practically room temperature, which IMHO is not nearly as enjoyable.
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I prefer warmer temps - say, 40-48. For some cask ales and stouts I enjoy it into the 50s.

This is very much a matter of preference, because at a given temperature you will experience a different range of flavors in your beer.
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I'm sure you'll find a variety of opinions and probably correct answers, but I bookmarked this link once and you may find it helpful.
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I'd be interested in chilling a BMC and see if I actually care for it. I feel like it is odd that I can't stomach something like Budweiser.
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I'm turnin the temp up tonight!
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Definitely give it a shot. You might discover beers you've never tried before... that you've been drinking for years.


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