By William Brand
Thursday, August 28th, 2008 at 9:10 am in Uncategorized.
William – I have a couple questions, if you could give me some advice.
Say I go down to Costco and I pick up one of the Sam Adams Variety boxes. I think it’s a whole case worth of beer. I know that ideally I shouldn’t store my beer in the fridge too long with all the light in there and all. I dont really drink a whole case of beer every week so would it be best to just leave it in the box in my pantry or something. Maybe I could throw a couple in the fridge in the morning before I leave for work so they’re nice and cold when I get home in the afternoon. Is this OK? or should I get them into cold as soon as possible and keep them there? How would they stay fresh longest? Should I just stick to six packs to keep ‘em freshest?
Also. if I had a cooler full of beers for a Sunday BBQ or something, and at the end of the night, or the next morning I should say, these beers became warm after the ice melts, is it ok to throw ‘em in the fridge? Is it ok to “re-chill” beer after it’s gone warm for a day? Or when it warms up after being ice cold, has something happened to it that would affect the taste? – Jesse.
Great questions, Jesse. Yes, it’s OK to “re-chill” beer. Beer is a bit like bread, It can take a little bit of heat. But sustained exposure to high temperatures will kill beer fast. Light lagers, your BudMillerCoors and their watery light buddies are very delicate and die rapidly. They really can’t take high heat or sustained, bright light. That’s why the big beer company distributors change out their light lager stocks in retail outlets fairly rapidly.
Bigger beers, those with high alcohol and especially those that are bottle conditioned can take more punishment. But basically, all beer should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place until it’s time to drink.
There’s nothing wrong with storing beer in a refrigerator. Personally, I always store my beer in a refrigerator, which I keep at about 40 degrees, in other words, not ice cold. The trouble with storing beer un-refrigerated, even in a relatively cool place, is that here in California it gets really hot most days in the late afternoon. Unless you live in the fog belt or keep your house air conditioning set on “chill”, I think a refrigerator’s the best way to go.
About light. It’s true that light kills beer, but we’re talking about continued exposure to direct sunlight or to constant artificial light on a store shelf. Unless you open the fridge constantly, the beer remains in relatively dark conditions.
Also, my rule is, if it’s corked, I store it on its side so the beer in the bottle will keep the cork moist. If it’s capped, I store it upright, so beer sloshing against the crown cap won’t loosen it or somehow allow oxygen to seep in. (Photo: My beer fridge.
This is an open forum. Comments anyone?