Cellar Temperature with 12oz and 22oz bottles

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Thomas Robinson
Cellar Temperature with 12oz and 22oz bottles

As we all know many beers are to be enjoyed at what is called cellar temperature (50-55F).  English beers such as Milds, Bitters, and ESB’s being probably the best example of the types of beers traditionally being served at this temperature.  The reasoning has been that warmer temps (50-55) tend to bring out more flavor than typical refrigeration temperature (35-40).  This has in my experience been especially true with malt flavors. 

The question I have wondered is: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A 12/22OZ BOTTLED BEER TO WARM TO CELLAR TEMPERATURE? 

To answer this, I pulled a 12oz beer from the fridge and placed on the counter at room temperature (70F) and placed a cork with a hole that a thermometer could sit in the beer and took readings every ten minutes until the beer reached 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then I poured it into a standard pint glass (at room temp) and measured the final drinking temperature.  Results are as follows…

12oz Bottled Beer

0:00   -   36F

0:10   -   40F

0:20   -   44F

0:30   -   47F

0:40   -   50F

Final Pour Temperature:  52F  (perfect cellar temp)

 

22oz Bomber Bottled Beer

0:00   -   36F

0:10   -   38F

0:20   -   41F

0:30   -   44F

0:40   -   46F

0:50   -   48F

1:00   -   50F

Final Pour Temperature:  52F  (perfect cellar temp)

As expected the larger bottle took longer.  Clearly one would need to adjust these times if your house was warmer, say for example because you were a Californian.  But as we all know Californians don’t brew good beer anyways, especially if they brew Saison ;)

The final take away is that if you want a 12oz beer at cellar temperature then pull out of the fridge and rest at 70F and set your timer for 40 minutes.  For a 22oz Bomber set your timer for 60 minutes.  Cheers!

-Thomas Robinson  

dmtaylor
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Thanks for the real life data

Thanks for the real life data.  I've always figured approximately 15 minutes was good enough for 12 oz, but it appears 30 minutes would be closer to the mark.  Also take into consideration whether you don't mind the first few gulps being cool and how long it takes you to finish consuming the whole beer.  If you're a slow gulper, 15-20 minutes might be right.  If you slam the thing, then pull 40 minutes early as you suggest.

Cheers.

Dave "This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord intended a more divine means of consumption. Let us give praise to our Maker, and glory to His bounty, by learning about... BEER!" - Friar Tuck (Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves)