Cellar Questions

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by alysmith4, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    Forgive my ignorance, but how critical is it to cellar beer at 55-60 degrees? I'm just starting out, and currently have stuff stored in a closet in my condo - which is about 65-70. I have a storage unit in the basement of the building, which seems to be much cooler - I'd guess 55-60. I'm thinking of moving things down there, but I was just wondering if this was necessary. I read the BA "How to Store Beer" article, but I was looking for some personal advice.

    Also, I looked at the "cellar pictures," and see that most people store on shelves, in boxes, or in a fridge. Any suggestions for someone with limited space? I'm wondering if there's some sort of "crate" that would be ideal for moving/storing beer. Thanks for any feedback!
  2. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Apr 12, 2007 Missouri
    Beer Trader

    the warmer, the faster your beer will "develop". if you are looking at 1-3 years, probably not a big deal. anything 5-10 years+? you may want to think more about it.
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  3. victory4me

    victory4me Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    I would agree. Anything you intend to drink in the next year or two can stay in the closet. Anything you intend to put away for 3+ years should go in the storage unit.

    On a personal level, I find that Belgian strongs, barrel-aged beers, and Russian Imperial Stouts benefit more from colder more consistent temperatures, while Barleywines and sours can hold up just fine in warmer temperatures with some degree of fluctuation.
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  4. beercanman

    beercanman Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

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