A Man Cave Must Have: The Benefits of a Dual Zone Craft Beer Cooler

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I think every husband and wife have the same argument.

“Don’t put all the beer in the fridge so there is no room for food.”

But you love your craft beer and you spent a lot of time finding that last case of summer ale and you want it to last through the fall.

Where do you store it?

The constant opening and closing of the refrigerator door will fluctuate your craft beer temperature.

The spare bedroom closet is too hot and the garage in the summer is out of the question.

 

Avoid Skunked Beer with a Beer Cooler
Ultraviolet light “skunks” beer.

Heat and light are the enemies of craft beer.

pepeHop acids present from the brewing process do not respond well to heat or light and can cause craft beer to turn “skunky”.

Skunked beer has a rubbery taste that is the result of a photochemical reaction.

UV light breaks up acids in the hop plant to create a nasty compound called “MBT.”

It’s common knowledge among beer drinkers that putting beer in clear or light-green bottles will allow beer to become skunky or “lightstruck”.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina found a similarity between the chemical composition of skunked beer and that of the anal glands of actual skunks.

It has been recognized in beer since the 1800’s, and is the most well-known flavor defects in beer all over the world.
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The rules for storing craft beer:

1. Keep it cool
2. Keep it dark
3. Keep it upright

Stand beer upright instead of putting it on its side during storage.

This will ensure that the yeast or sediment settles at the bottom of the beer bottle, rather than leaving a yeast ring on the side.

It also oxidizes less and keep longer.

Beer is not like wine and it should be stored standing up instead of on it’s side.

Yeast is critical to beer but the sediment (dead cells and chemical byproducts) it leaves behind sometimes corrupts flavor.

The yeast sediment needs to settle at the bottom of the beer.

Upright storage slows the process of oxidation and prolongs the life of the beer.
craft beer coolerBenefits of a Dual Zone Cooler
#1 Taste

By far the most important benefit is that dual beer coolers can preserve the taste of beer better than any single zone cooler.

Dual zone refrigerators can have a difference of as much as 25 degrees F between two zones, making these coolers ideal for storing different styles at just the right temperature.

Aside from providing an appropriate chilling environment for both ready to drink IPA’s and darker porters that can benefit from age, there are other benefits that dual craft beer coolers provide.

 

Energy Savings
Another benefit is dual coolers consume less power compared to ordinary refrigerators.

AWB-360DB Dual Zone Craft Beer Cooler has triple layer insulation, dual paned glass and an energy-efficient compressor.

They are also cheaper compared to the traditional refrigerators.

Internal soft LED lighting ensures no extra heat will generate off the lighting.

 

Space Savings
Another benefit is that a dual craft beer cooler won’t take up a lot of space in the kitchen.

Dual zone coolers are better space savers compared to small single zone coolers.

The NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Craft Beer Cooler can be mounted under the counters and over kitchen tops.

 

teendrinkSafety Lock
Keep your precious collection safe from any pesky teenagers who might have ulterior motives.

Enjoy your night out knowing your valuables are equipped with a safety lock.

 

Adjustable Shelving
The NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Craft Beer Cooler can accommodate several bottles of varying heights because of its adjustable shelves.
You can adjust the shelves for regular bottles, cans or larger growlers and arranged them to your satisfaction.
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Ageing beer

Some beer flavors will evolve slowly over time at lower temperatures and storing at higher than room temperature will invite a turning of the beer’s flavor for the worse.

The flavor of highly hopped beers will degrade fairly quickly (within several months) at room temperature, and hoppy beers in particular should be refrigerated because of this.

Some beers benefit from maturation and strict storage like barleywines, imperial stouts, Belgian strong ales, lambics and old ales.

These beers can be laid-down for a year or two, or even more, in order to build complexity and character.

 

Storing Temps
There are 3 storage temperatures used to lay beer down for maturation and/or storage.

Strong beers (like barleywines, tripels, dark ales) will be their happiest at room temperature (55-60F).

Standard ales (like bitters, IPAs, dobbelbocks, lambics, stouts, etc) should be stored at cellar temperature (50-55F).

Lighter beers (like lagers, pilsners, wheat beers, milds, etc) will be at a refrigerated temperature (45-50F).

 

Craft Beer Temperature

The colder the better…right?

Americans have been brainwashed to believe that ice cold beer is always best.

Big brewers want people to drink their beers at icy temperatures because as they warm up, they don’t taste as good.

But that is not the case when it comes to specialty or craft beer.

Most craft beers have an ideal serving temperature and the rule is as beers go up in alcohol, they should be drunk at a warmer temperature.

Strong beers are sipped slowly and enjoyed for their complexity of flavor while weaker beers are drank for refreshment.

An ice cold stout will taste bitter while a warmer stout have a balance of malt sweetness and bitterness.

According to Craftbeertemple.com learning the correct way to serve beer is the easiest thing a someone can do to enhance their drinking experience.

Temperature has a profound effect on taste buds and chemical compounds in beer are activated and suppressed according to temperature.

Cold will supress flavors while warmth will pick up and accent flavors.

Choosing just the right temperature ensures that these chemicals are balanced as you drink.

 

Very Cold: 35-40 degrees Cold: 40-45 degrees Cool: 45-50 degrees
American Adjunct Lagers Pilsner American Pale Ales
Malt Liquors Light-bodied lagers Medium-bodied lagers
Light or low alcohol beers Kolsch India Pale Ale (IPA)
Belgian Wit Porters
Hefeweizen Alt
Berliner weisse Irish Stouts
American Wheat Sweet Stout
Cellar Temp: 50-55 degrees Warm: 55-60 degrees
Sour Ales Imperial Stouts
Lambic/Gueuze Belgian Quads
English Bitter Belgian Strong Ales
Strong Ales Barley Wines
Baltic Porters Old Ales
Bocks Dopplebock
Scotch Ales Eisbock
Belgian Ales
Trappist Ales

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Savor the best taste of your favorite craft beer with a

NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Craft Beer Cooler

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