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What Temperature Should You Cellar Beer At? (SOLVED!)

If you have been involved in the craft beer community for any length of time, I’m sure you have seen or heard of someone bragging about enjoying a 2008 vintage of an extremely limited-release Barleywine 😉 Maybe you’ve seen a post on social media of someone showing off a 15-year-old Russian Imperial Stout 🤓 You may be wondering, “Can that beer really be as good or better than it was when you bought it?” With the help of a beer cellar, the answer is yes 😎 A beer cellar will allow that Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine vintage to mature in fascinating ways if it is properly stored and maintained. In this article, I’ll explain how to cellar beer, why any true beer connoisseur should have a cellar and the effects cellaring has on different beer styles. [1]
It is important to keep your beer cool, out of direct sunlight, heat sources, and in an environment that maintains a consistent temperature. The temperature of your beer is crucial in determining its storage and consumption. This can be an important balancing act. For beer, cool temperatures are important. Lower temperatures will result in beer becoming cloudy and less durable. This is for you beer geeks. [2]
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Greatnewsomebrewery.co.uk It is also possible to put yourself in the shoes of bar owners or publicans who are trying to cut costs. It is possible to save money by turning the cellar off when the pub closes. But what about cask beer? The temperature at which cask beers are kept should not exceed 12°C, and preferably 10, if possible. This will cause rapid deterioration in both tasteand clarity. If beer gets above 22 – 23 deg C this can have a irreversible effect on finings which may no longer work. The active yeast within the beer also begins secondary fermentation, resulting in lively beer and excessive fobbing. Abbe Merchant, Taiz (Yemen) last edited 9 days ago [3]
If you’re aging your beer in an at-home cellar, it should be in the darkest, coolest area of your houseThis would typically be your basement. If you don’t have a basement, aim to cut down on light and focus on temperature control. The temperature ideal should range from 55-60 degrees F all year, with 40-degrees being the minimum. A rapid temperature change, like one caused by power cuts, won’t cause cellared beer to be destroyed. It takes a very long time of being exposed to warmth for beer to “cook” and become ruined. TheKitchn.com or AllAboutBeer.com say that all it takes to make a good beer cellar are the right temperature, lighting conditions, shelving, and refrigeration. Depending on the type of beer you wish to store in your cellar, refrigeration can be an option. Lino Darby and his team are very much appreciated for sharing their insights. [4]

Refer to the Article

  1. https://beerconnoisseur.com/articles/how-cellar-beer
  2. https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/101/store/
  3. https://www.greatnewsomebrewery.co.uk/cask-beer-temperature-your-questions-answered/
  4. https://www.craftbrewingbusiness.com/packaging-distribution/how-to-set-up-my-beer-cellar/
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