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Cellar decided to become a sauna
« on: May 21, 2013, 04:14:41 PM »
So, the place I cellar my beer, the only place in my one bedroom apt that stayed near 60F year round, has decided to jump to 82+F ???! I have some beers in there and never had this happen before. They did some remodeling outside so I am wondering if that affected things. Really new to the cellaring of beer. I can just now afford it...kind of. Would you guys recommend....

A) don't worry about it. It's dark the beer can stay in there.
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B) when I visit my parents place this Friday bring the beers with me to store there. They have air conditioning but the beer won't be readily available.

I don't know why but the only place in my apartment that use to stay a constant temperature is doing so no more. I was able to get my hand on a few nice beers I wanted to age and of course I am now having this problem. The only reason I am aging them is that I was saving them till I truly wanted them or for a special occasion. If the temperature influx has probably already caused spoilage I have no problem drinking them now I just don't want to.  Just wondering what you guys would recommend.


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Re: Cellar decided to become a sauna
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2013, 04:33:15 PM »
Is the refrigerator an option?
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Re: Cellar decided to become a sauna
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2013, 05:00:13 PM »
Unfortunately no. I use my mini fridge for fermenting and my main fridge is one of those small apartment fridges. I basically have a bachelor's pad. Everything I want but not everything I need.
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Cellar decided to become a sauna
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2013, 06:34:34 PM »
How many beers, style and ABV are we talking?

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Re: Cellar decided to become a sauna
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 06:57:48 PM »
Mostly Belgian dark strong ales and a few stouts all above 9%. Not that many just 10. I am mostly worried about the Ommegang 15th anniversary ale. I was saving that for a friends wedding. Again, I don't really know what happens when your beer gets that hot...never wanted to experiment for some reason with that ;). All I could really find on google stated that beer SHOULD be stored cool but again that is not an option without a large inconvenience. After looking through a few sites I came to the conclusion I trusted this site more. I think I am just going to show up on Friday at my parents with a box of beers to cellar. I was more afraid of it already beginning to spoil but that does not seem to be a concern.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2013, 07:03:27 PM by rhcpfan4002 »
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Re: Cellar decided to become a sauna
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2013, 07:03:34 PM »
A few weeks or months aren't a concern, but you definitely don't want to store it that warm in the long term.
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Re: Cellar decided to become a sauna
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2013, 07:06:13 PM »
Thanks a10t2. Definitely will just store at my parents.
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Re: Cellar decided to become a sauna
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2013, 08:09:56 AM »
The other advantage to storing at your parents is... wait for it...

the beer won't be readily available  :D

At least in my house, a beer that is two hours away is far less likely to get popped before it's time than one that is in the closet in the hall.
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Re: Cellar decided to become a sauna
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2013, 08:16:53 AM »
Just be sure you're parents don't get a thirst for some nice dark Belgian beer.

When I had an apartment, there was no way I could keep wine or beer at a constant temp.  I simply had to manage inventory so that it was all getting consumed in a timely fashion.

If you're inventory is not too great, you could get one of those small table top wine fridges.  They're around $100, though.  http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Avanti-8-bottle-Countertop-Wine-Cooler/7307940/product.html
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Re: Cellar decided to become a sauna
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2013, 08:17:24 AM »
The other advantage to storing at your parents is... wait for it...

the beer won't be readily available  :D

At least in my house, a beer that is two hours away is far less likely to get popped before it's time than one that is in the closet in the hall.
+1.  You gotta really want it at that point.
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Re: Cellar decided to become a sauna
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2013, 10:13:30 AM »
Never saw it that way morticaixavier and you are correct. As for me buying anymore bulky items like a wine fridge that is a no go. I truly have no more room in my apartment. Between my hobbies of brewing, enjoying craft beer, fishing and skiing my little bachelor pad has no more room. Every closet is full and every space has a purpose.
“Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe
Rain may fall, and wind may blow
And many miles be still to go
But under a tall tree will I lie
And let the clouds go sailing by”
― J.R.R. Tolkien