Storage of Beer

Storage of Beer: 5 Valuable Recommendations

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Ever wonder how the storage of beer affects its taste?  As we proudly present ourselves as "Like having an uncle in the home brew business", we also know that nothing beats having a cold beer on a hot day.  In order to make the best brew, you should know how to store your brew in the best manner. If what you crave is aged beer, then these storage recommendations can prove valuable to you.

1.    The Correct Position

As mentioned in our wine storage post, the position for long term storage of beer matters a lot.  You should stand your bottles of beer in an upright position instead of a sideways position, like in the case of wine.  This position ensures that yeast or sediments will settle at the bottle of beer instead of leaving an unwanted ring or watermark in the mix. In the case of beer, the contact of the cork or cap with the brew can potentially taint the taste. Another advantage of this position of storage is the beer oxidizes less, which ensures it keeps longer.

2.    Keep Away from Light

When selecting an area for beer storage, always select a location which is dim or dark. Beer is known to taste like something a skunk will produce if it comes in contact with UV light or blue light. A pro tip in beer storage bottling is that you should use a brown, green or blue colored bottle to minimize your beer absorbing light through the bottle and taking on a gross “skunked” taste. Although skunked beer has a bad smell and taste, the ingredient 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol, that causes the beer to taste skunked, has no ill effects on the health of the human body. So you can still drink skunked beer without getting sick if it gets overexposed to light.

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Southern Homebrew carries a wide selection of bottles for properly storing your brew!

3.    Storage of Beer Temperature

Many misconceptions are associated with the temperature to be used for the storage of beer and drank.  Heat can effectively ruin beer over time. This is the reason why it is best to keep them in cool temperatures but not so much that it may freeze over. However, the desired storage and drinking temperatures vary and in most cases, comes down to the type of brew and personal preferences.

Search for established guidelines to serve craft and other types of beers you’re interested in.  However, personal preference and experimentation are the best guidelines to use.  As a general guideline, high alcohol content beers are recommended to be stored at around the 55 to 60-degree Fahrenheit temperature. Standard and lighter beers are to be stored in the range of 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  Extreme temperature fluctuations greater than 20 degrees have a negative impact on beer’s flavor and should be avoided.

Cold stored beer will last longer, especially if it is a hoppy brew, but there is no real harm done to beer if you take it out of the fridge and let it warm to room temperature, then chill it down again. Unlike wine, beer thankfully does not typically require lengthy aging.  Consume beer as close to being freshly made as possible.

4.    Know How Long You Intend to Store for

Different types of beers have different date ranges. Beers with over 7% alcohol content will fare in a better manner for aging purposes. This being the case, specialized beers do not even start to develop the necessary flavors for 2 to 5 years.  However, this is rule is not set in stone. We recommend the trial and error method for the perfect brew. Just keep in mind that a year’s proper storage will not do any harm  to beer.

5.    Opened Beer

There is no use of storing opened beer because the carbonation of the brew will evaporate resulting in a flat beer.  Heavily carbonated beer should be drank soon after its served.  To obtain greater longevity of your beer consider using one of our various kegging solutions, as well as, our uKeg Growlers that will keep your beer carbonated indefinitely over other standard growlers and mini kegs.  Don’t waste flat beer!  Even if you don’t want to drink flat, there are many uses of the brew like;

  • Cook deep fried foods with beer
  • Make beer bread
  • Cook fired vegetable with beer
  • Apply on hair to make softer
  • Get rid of your garden slugs

uKeg's are the Yeti's of growlers and will keep your beer carbonated so it will never go flat!

A great long term alternative to bottling for the storage of beer is kegging your beer using one of our ready to go kegging equipment kits!

Conclusion

Homebrewers don’t always have the means for fancy equipment, extra space or money to spend for the perfect storage of beer environment.  These 5 guidelines will help you get the most out of your craft beer.  Good news about beer is that it's very tolerant of a wide range of storage conditions without it spoiling.  That's a win win for homebrewers!

Still Have Wine Storage Questions or Ideas?

We have you covered!! Southern Homebrew is always open for suggestions and new ideas for products and offerings to help you with your beer storage needs.  If we don’t have something you need simply contact us and we’ll get it!!  In order to do so, send us an email at info@southernbrew.com with your ideas so we can promptly provide an effective solution. You can also call 387-409-9100 or visit our website: www.southernhomebrew.com.

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