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Will keeping beer at 40 degrees in a fridge preserve it?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by otispdriftwood, Jan 3, 2013.

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  1. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (631) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I have decided [really need] to give my liver a rest for a couple of weeks and hopefully take off the added holiday lbs. Problem is, I have a little over a case of different IPAs [most of which have Feb. or Mar. best by dates] and some real fresh Troegs Perpetual in my beer fridge [bottled 12/19]. I have the fridge set at 40 degrees and I'm wondering if that will help preserve the beer so that it will not fade by the time I get to it. I also have Nugget Nectar and Sucks to purchase when they come out. And no, I'm not going to ship my stash to you, but any input about my plan will be appreciated.
  2. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    You should just ship your stash to me.
  3. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    I've read, and can testify after sampling, that keeping your IPA's at 40 in your fridge will definitely help lower the rate of degradation.
  4. deadbody

    deadbody Aspirant (296) May 10, 2010 Minnesota
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    If you don't care enough about your health to ship your beer to me, I guess I could come over and drink it all. I will need a couch to pass out on afterwards though. Thats just the kind of nice guy I am, always looking out for others.

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  5. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (577) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    I find that most IPAs taste best within 6 weeks of bottle/can but yes at that temperature it is much better than
    sitting on shelf like some stores for example (Total Wine) doesn't refrigerate any of there IPAs and they are usually sit out there at room temperature for some time and become malty. It also depend on type of hop variety such as certain fresh hop IPAs such as Knee Deep Simtra is much better within first month. I would suggest drinking them within first 60 days and if you plan on storing up on some beer try Imperial Stouts, Sours, and/or Barrel aged as they will last for quite sometime and may improve with age LOL by the way where you live so I can stop by for a brew ?
  6. davemont

    davemont Initiate (152) Feb 20, 2008 California



    There are more discussions of temperature in the cellaring forum.

    Two things to take away, the lower the temperature the slower the chemical reactions, and let the beer gradually return to serving temperature before serving for the best experience.

    I have a good friend doing the same thing, basically taking January off from drinking. I should probably do the same.


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  7. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    Yup. I think you will be fine.
  8. Boozledooz

    Boozledooz Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2011 Colorado

    Why not just drink a beer a day and budget it into your daily calories?
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  9. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (631) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Tsk tsk. You didn't read the last sentence of my original post.
  10. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,018) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    All beer will last longer if stored cold (e.g., 40°F).

    As regards IPAs, the ‘challenge’ is that over time the hop aroma and flavor will fade. Storing the IPA beers cold will likely help in that the hop aroma/flavor will probably fade at a slower rate but it will fade.

  11. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Try freezing a few.
    I've always wondered if freezing will stop, or nearly stop, hop degradation?
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  12. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    That should preserve the beer quite nicely, in a pool all over the bottom of the freezer. :grinning:

    Edit: at least at normal freezer temps, which approach 0°F
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  13. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (631) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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  14. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (631) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    If you're ever in NY, you can stop by but only if you bring me some Knee Deep Simtra. That stuff is delicious.
  15. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (631) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Even a beer a day would put me on a starvation diet. It's only for 10 days. I think I can make it. Besides, when you promise you wife something she wants you to do, it comes with serious consequences if you even hint at breaking it in any way share or form.
  16. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (631) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I froze some beers by accident a few weeks ago. When it thawed out, it tasted about the same, but the carbonation was almost all gone.
  17. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    thats what you get for:

    A) Being married
    B) making crazy promises.
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  18. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (631) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    C) not building in an out somehow.
  19. MeadGuyfromMD

    MeadGuyfromMD Aspirant (215) May 23, 2007 Maryland

    I place my *Not ready to drink yet* beers at the bottom of the fridge, it's about 4-5 degrees cooler there. I have kept some legendary IPA's quite tasty for several weeks this way.
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  20. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    The feels bro, I know them.
  21. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Savant (998) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    This could work. We need more research! I don't see how the hops would fade if they were frozen.

    and to the OP 40 degrees is optimal storage for all beers and should lessen the drop in the IPAs hop profile.
  22. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    A very cold refrigerator helps a great deal. I keep mine on the highest setting and let beers sit before drinking. Especially a full refrigerator
  23. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,280) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    re: Freezing beer. This outfit did it...

    ...but it's not exactly the same as poppin' the beer into your Frigidaire next to the Breyer's Chocolate Chip Mint and Swanson's Chicken Pot Pies.​
  24. Ranbot

    Ranbot Devotee (458) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    If that's sarcasm you need to be less subtle.

    If it's not sarcasm, you definitely don't want to freeze them. Freezing will likely destroy the bottle's seal allowing the beer to oxidize. Even if the seal held, the water and alcohol portions of the beer freeze at slightly different temperatures and might never mix together properly upon thawing.

    Along those lines... To the OP, make sure that your fridge doesn't have a cold spot that could freeze some of your bottles during storage. Many fridge thermostats are not in the same location as the cool air vent into the fridge, so if you're setting the temperature really low there could be areas below freezing near the fridge vents, particularly if you pack the fridge tight and there's less room for air to circulate. I wouldn't want good beer go to waste! ;-)
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  25. stayclean

    stayclean Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    Being married is pretty great.
  26. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    I know, I'm about to do it for my second time!
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  27. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Not sarcasm. I've Read A-B has frozen samples of their products from different years. They periodically taste to ensure consistent product through the years.

    Although not as sophisticated as A-b's setup, I figured it could be done at home in some capacity.
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