Temperature Control

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by bonercity, Jan 23, 2013.

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  1. bonercity

    bonercity Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2012 California

    From reading some threads on here it seems that the optimal "cellar temp" is somewhere above "fridge" and a bit cooler than "room." Here is my problem: I live in a poorly insulated apartment (over 100 years old) that is pretty much at the whim of mother nature. During the summer it is sweltering and during the winter it's cold.

    My current plan is store beers in the fridge during the hot months, and then in a closed cabinet during the winter. How does that sound to you experts out there?
  2. MasterCraft

    MasterCraft Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2012 Massachusetts

    If you have the fridge space just keep your beer there 365, temp. consistency is generally more important than the temp. itself, IMHO.
  3. bonercity

    bonercity Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2012 California

    Thanks for the feedback
  4. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Devotee (481) Sep 24, 2012 Nebraska
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    I think what we really need to talk about here is that Dopesmoker artwork. Sweet reissue.
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  5. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2009 Maine

    I'd go with the fridge here, full time, since the room is not cellar-suitable temperatures. Some people are more picky about temperature than others, but sweltering is definitely no good, and even a winter room temperature on the cooler side of things (60's?) is a little warm to be ideal.
  6. vthippie

    vthippie Initiate (146) Dec 18, 2012 Vermont

    This will soon be my struggle, currently have a perfect cellar in my apt but will be buying a condo with nothing but a closet to work with, probably got about a dozen bombers and 2 cases of 12ozers and growing. Thinking 1st floor interior closet but I don't know, stash is too big for fridge and would need something bigger than just a college fridge to accommodate.

    Anyone with closet cellar experience? Most stuff isn't going more than 1-2 years except maybe a random bottle or 2 to build a vert (various RIS, Palo Santo Maroon) a few things that are just waiting for my wife's, er..."condition" to run it's course so we can enjoy together which will be late July (victory at sea, Old Rasputin XV, 50/50 Old Fitz) but I do have a number of Bolt Cutters, Double Bastard, Olde School and some other Barleywines that I would like to lay down for 3-5+ year range and THAT is where I am really getting concerned.
  7. GCurlow

    GCurlow Initiate (0) Oct 13, 2005 Washington

    To the OP, it's quite simple. Don't 'store/age' beer. Putting beer in a fridge and opening/closing the fridge several times a day will shine light on your bottles creating a higher chance of skunking your beer. Plus it's too damn cold to create a cellar-like environment.

    What's the point of investing money into stored beer if it's not going to be cared for correctly?

    Just drink what's fresh and available. Trade for cellared beer from a legit source.

    Just my $.02.
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  8. bonercity

    bonercity Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2012 California

    I'm not actively "aging" beer so much as I am slow at drinking it. There are some beers that pop up not too often, so when I see them I buy a few of them. Since the urge to drink a Belgian Quad only arises every once in a while, I tend to hold on to these bottles for an extended period of time.
  9. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (971) Sep 4, 2010 California
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    What I would do is follow your first plan for the stuff you're only looking to age 1-2 years and get a small fridge with temp controller for the rest. That's what I do and I haven't noticed many problems.
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