As soon as beer is made, the aging process starts. The best way to lengthen its lifespan is to put it in the fridge as soon as you bring it home — even if you don’t plan to drink it until two months later. Store your precious beer cold (3°C/38°F) until it’s ready to drink. Beer is like bread or milk. It will advance, but when stored cold (not room temperature) the advancing of flavors and oxidation is slowed down.
For pasteurized beer, you’ve got more time than a few months. In a course taught about food and beer, research from MillerCoors stated that “storing beer in the following conditions will result in equivalent flavor loss:
- 3 days in the trunk of a hot car (32°C/90°F),
- 30 days at room temperature (22°C/71°F), and
- 300 days in the refrigerator (0°C/32°F).” This means you have almost an entire year to drink that can of pasteurized beer before it goes bad!
Keep Beer Cold
Every beer has a shelf life. Beer will certainly “last” longer if refrigerated or kept in a kegerator. That is, the flavor will evolve more slowly over time at lower temperatures. Storage at higher than room temperature will invite a turning of the beer’s flavor for the worse, often described as “skunky”.
In some cases, an aged beer might be considered to have an appealing taste, but refrigeration will still slow the aging process and keep the beer longer. Additionally, the flavor of highly hopped beers will degrade quickly (within several months) at room temperature, and most people would agree that very hoppy beers in particular should be refrigerated.
How To Chill Beer
Water, Ice, And Snow
If you are indoors and without ample space in the fridge, simply dunk your can/bottle/keg in cold water. Depending on the size of the container, use your sink, a bucket, a cooler, or your tub. To speed the process, add ice to the cold water and stir. By stirring, you’re using forced convection to speed the transfer of heat out of your drink and into the ice water solution. A small handful of salt in the ice bath will help as well. Salt lowers the freezing temperature of the water, so the water can get colder than the normal freezing temperature (0°C/32°F) without turning into ice. When outdoors, put your beverage container into a lake or stream, ensuring that your can/bottle/keg won’t float away. Or if it is winter, put it out in the snow
Portable Keg Cooler
If you would like a more reliable means of cooling your beer and it is in a keg, consider using the KegCold portable keg cooler. Even on the hottest summer days, the KegCold insulated portable keg cooler can keep a cold keg of beer below 40°F for up to twenty-four hours without ever having to change the ice packs.
Portable Keg Cooler…To Keep Your Keg Cooler!
KegCold keg coolers stand out from your standard run-of-the-mill coolers on the market due to specific design details. These specifications were learned from customers’ experiences in using other keg coolers. As such, the keg cooler is being continually upgraded as its use spreads more and more. These innovative features of KegCold’s keg cooler include the following:
- Black materials absorb the sun’s energy and get hot fast. The KegCold insulated keg cooling blanket has a highly reflective industrial-grade vinyl shell that reflects solar radiation to help keep your keg cool.
- Many insulated keg jackets are made from ¼ inch neoprene. The KegCold insulated keg cooling blanket contains a ½ inch thick sheet of closed-cell industrial grade foam insulation that will keep your keg cool on even the hottest days.
- Easily swap ice out with newly frozen bags for longer-term use or colder temps.
- The KegCold is easily portable
- Low-cost beer keg cooling solution
- Keep keg beer cool for extended periods at a low cost
Getting a keg cold is one thing. Keeping a keg cold for a long period of time is something else! KegCold keeps kegs frigidly cold, pouring brews at a low of 34 degrees for 2-3 days. KegCold comes in three sizes: 1/2 & 1/4 Keg Coolers (2 in 1), 1/6th (Sixtel) Keg Coolers, and Can Cold. They’re reusable so get yours today!