I brewed a nice batch of Black Cherry Ale, which has been bottle conditioning at 35F for about 5 weeks. I will need space in the fridge for a keg of Summer Ale in about two weeks.

My basement temps stay around 60-64F and I'm wondering if storing the bottles at 60F+ will adversely affect the character of the beer.

Is it okay to let it warm up a bit in storage once it's done?

  • Does bottle conditioning just mean aging here or carbonating? Because if its really an Ale then I don't think you are getting much carbonation or conditioning (aging) at 35F.
    – brewchez
    Commented May 12, 2011 at 1:23
  • Aging. It carbonated in the bottles for three weeks and then went into the fridge. Cold aging has helped a lot. It clarified the ale remarkably and the fruit flavor has mellowed. It tastes and looks great with a striking rose-colored head.
    – Greg
    Commented May 12, 2011 at 3:00

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You probably won't be able to notice any difference in a finished lager stored at 65°F versus 35°F. Keep in mind that it will age faster at warmer temperatures, though.

  • 65F is still an OK storage temp though. Commented Jun 5, 2011 at 10:44

I have stored 5% ABV beers at 22C/72F (in the dark) and they have been good after a year.

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