Beer is one of the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drinks in the world, and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea. Once the beer has been produced and technically ready for sale, it needs to be stored. Whether you are a brewery owner who wants to ensure the quality of the product you supply to customers or a homebrewer with a reputation of making the best beers in your social circle, storing your beer at the right temperature can help you achieve the goal.
The Flavor life of Beer
Most beers' flavor deteriorates from the instant that they leave the brewery. There are two general strategies to help slow down the rate of a flavor change.
The first strategy is to minimize the oxygen level in beer, both during packaging but also during the beer's shelf life.
The second strategy is to maintain the beer at as cold a temperature as possible without freezing it. Heat accelerates chemical reaction which creates the classic wet paper or cardboard aromas that signal 'this beer is old'.
Cold Storage Requirements for Beer
A general rule for the brewing industry is that beer stored at 37° C for one week tastes as old as a beer stored at 21° C for two months, or as old as a beer stored at 4° C for one year.
The key point is that beer stored at high temperature will deteriorate much faster than beer kept cold.
Cold storage is a cornerstone of any quality program.
Once the beer has reached a distribution center, proper storage conditions are once again critical. Beer storage areas should be kept free of strong aromas.
Temporary Cold Storage Solutions
The important part is that appropriate, reliable refrigeration is essential for brewers, beer distributors, and retailers. The best cold storage options for chilling beer are Inflatable Cold Store units.
Why choose an Inflatable Cold Store?
Our Inflatable Cold Stores are the most flexible storage facility currently available on the market.
Highly flexible Inflatable Cold Storage technology can help you prevent bacteria growth and beer clouding in your kegs while minimising costs.
When deflated, it can be stored on just two pallets, eliminating many access issues and restrictions that often block other facilities. Similarly, the unit is up to 40% more cost-effective per square metre than traditional cold storage, which helps minimise costs and maximise profit.
They can be up and running in just 90 minutes, store anywhere between 16 and 64 pallets, which can be sited on almost any surface, including grass. They can even be raised to allow unrestricted forklift access.
If you would like to find out more information about the Inflatable Cold Store Units, please feel free to contact us at 045 448 810.