There is a discount sale at local mall and you are getting beer cans or bottles at a very cheap rate. Just like any other beer lover, you would love to get beer in bulk and store it for future use. However, before buying a large amount of beer, which you are not likely to consume in a single day, you should acquaint yourself with the process of storing the same. This is because, if not stored properly, beer can go flat and lose its taste within a matter of few days. So, make sure you know how to store beer, whether you are planning to stock the bottles and use them in near future or aim to age the beer in them. In the following lines, we have provided some great ideas for storing beer.
Beer Storage Tips
- You should always store a beer, be it vintage beer, imperial stout, strong ale and lambic, in an upright position. This holds true in case of bottles as well as cans.
- Just like wine, beer can also be stored for a long period of time, to enhance its flavor. However, make sure that you keep beer bottles/cans in a cool, dark place.
- It is very necessary to maintain the temperature of beer, to avoid cloudiness and retain the flavor. If your purpose is not that of aging the beer, you can store it in the refrigerator all the time.
- Beer should never ever be subjected to direct light. This is because light, after reacting with the hops, can make the beer go stale quickly. This is why beer is always stored in a dark place.
- In case of keg beer, always use carbon dioxide, rather than compressed air, to force it out. This is because oxygen accelerates the chemical reactions in a beer and can make it go flat within a few days.
- In case you are not ageing the beer, do not store it for more than six weeks, unless there is a specified ‘freshness’ or ‘consume by’ date on the beer packaging.