Yes, beer has a shelf life, as well as a proper and improper way to store it. Where you decide to store your beer can have a massive difference on its taste. The quick solution to this is to store your beet in the drive, or in a cool, dark place like a closet or a corner of your basement. Ultimately, there are three enemies of beer, and these are oxygen, heat, and light. In general, if you wish to keep your beer in its best condition, you should steer away from all three of these when possible.
Here’s a few reasons of why:
There’s a misconception out there that every beer needs to be kept in the fridge. Though, unless you are doing that drinking today, it doesn’t have to be kept in the fridge 24/7. You can keep a beer a room temperature for a week or two without doing real damage. Though if it is sitting around for more than a month, it is likely that the flavour will start to change into something that you won’t like.
Ideally, you should store beer between 35-45 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do so, you are sure to preserve the best flavours and colourings of the beer.
Similarly as above, if beer is exposed to too much light, you are going to dramatically change its flavour. Beer packaging helps you with this (dark bottles etc.), though that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep it out of the sun’s sight as much as possible.
If you leave a can open, whether it be beer or not, it’s going to lose some of its carbonation. Besides leaving a can open, oxygen can get int your beer when it’s bottled or canned. Yes, breweries use machines that help eliminate a lot of oxygen, though it’s still going to be in there.
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