Taking Care of Beer
Melting temperature and violent sunshine are some of the drawbacks in lovely summer. But could you imagine that beer is intolerance for high temperature and sunlight as women do? In fact, beer is as sensitive as wine. We have to get rid of high temperature and sunlight to keep beer in good condition.
Thermophobia of Beer
The longer the storage time, the lower the freshness of the beer. Also, beer stored at high temperatures will decline much faster than beer kept cold. Studies have shown that a rise of 10 ℃ in the storing temperature halves the freshness of beer. Higher temperature will speed up the oxidation process and deteriorate the flavors. What oxidized beer taste like? When you feel that the hops become weaker and the tastes reminiscent of paper or cardboard, the beer is oxidized. To enjoy the real taste of beer, we recommend to store it in a cool place, better in the refrigerator.
Sun is the big challenge
Beer exposed to sunlight will develop a skunky flavor, so-called "light-struck" phenomenon, due to chemical reactions. This is an unpleasant aroma and off-flavor. Beer bottles comes in three different colors: Brown, Green and Clear. Green bottles are better than the clear bottles in prevention of "light-struck" phenomenon, while brown bottles are even effective to filtered out some light that prevented the beer from going skunky. Certainly, the best way is to get rid of sunlight or other light source.
What If I put the beer in the refrigerator at freezing point? Will it make the beer tastes more delicious?
Don’t do that! When the water is frozen, carbon dioxide in the beer will be forced out. The volume will go up and there will be a risk of broken glass / can. Furthermore, it will destroy the nutritional component and the original flavors of beer.
千萬不要這樣! 水分冷凍結冰，啤酒中的二氧化碳也會被排出，因而令體積澎漲，會有破瓶或破罐的危險。另一方面會破壞啤酒的營養成分, 更會破壞啤酒的原有風味。