I store all my beer at 55°F(12.7°C). Do I need to worry about the beers that are bottle conditioned not being carbonated, or not being at the proper carbonation level? Should they already be carbonated when I purchase them? The main reason for this question is the issues Lost Abbey and the Bruery were having with carbonation. A friend suggested I let all my Lost Abbey stuff sit around 70°F (21°C) and shake it up a bit every once in a while for a few months. Is this a good suggestion?


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When bottle conditioned beers leave the brewery they are already at the proper CO2 levels, unless otherwise specified.

It's better to store beer at a cooler temperature. The 3 things that destroy beer are light, heat, and oxygen.

Don't shake your beers, you will re-suspend everything that has dropped out over time.


Without a major increase in heat, I can't see how your bottle conditioned beer would get much better or worse. Isn't that the purpose of conditioning?


What style beers are they? Lost Abbey and The Bruery (both great breweries) have a lot of quads and unique styles that aren't going to be as carbonated as a pilsner or IPA.

I wouldn't shake it up right before drinking. Let the bottles sit right before opening then gently pour so you don't get all the yeast into your glass.

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