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Old 01-04-2009, 03:19 AM   #1
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Will a beer still age when cold? I have an Irish red ale I brewed about 5-6 weeks ago in my keg. It is chilled down to about 45f but still does not taste quite right. Will it still condition at that temp??


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Old 01-04-2009, 03:29 AM   #2
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Sure it will, just slower...you're basically lagering the brew. Any reason you can't pull it out of the fridge for a week to condition at 60 - 70 degrees?


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Old 01-04-2009, 04:21 AM   #3
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I didn't think you could chill a beer, then warm it.
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I didn't think you could chill a beer, then warm it.

I am really interested to see a response to this on. Anyone?
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I don't see why not. I routinely warm my beers before drinking, as I tend to like them a slight bit cooler than room temp. You don't want to let it get hot or anything, but I don't foresee a problem if you warm it up to 60ish degrees for a couple of weeks to condition. Of course, I'm a noob, so don't take my advice as gold. I'd be interested to see what other more experienced brewers have to say on this.
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Lagering is a common process for making beer in Europe, make the beer and then cellar at 2*c (close to freezing) for months, i guess they warm it up to drink but not to room temp, as far as i am aware only pommies drink warm beer....
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I've pulled bottles back out of the fridge for a couple of weeks hoping for a bit more carbonation, I can't see why it would cause a problem. It would speed up the aging process, too.
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Does it hurt if it has been @ 9 psi as well?
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Lagering is a common process for making beer in Europe, make the beer and then cellar at 2*c (close to freezing) for months, i guess they warm it up to drink but not to room temp, as far as i am aware only pommies drink warm beer....
Haha, well, I'm no pommie, but I did learn to appreciate good beer while in the UK (mainly Scotland, but hey, it's close enough).


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