Hot or Not: Heat Effects on Flavor Stability in Finished Beer

While we’re right to be wary of light when it comes to finished beer, worries about heat are – persistently and irrationally – overstated. While heat does have an effect, it isn’t an inherently damaging factor in its own right: it needs help. And, by and large, if you’re producing good, healthy beer then you don’t need to worry quite as much.

Light is our enemy. We’ve all tasted skunky beer. Skunking is an effect caused by the interaction of UV light with specific compounds found in hops (though not hop extracts, as I understand it). This has led some to conflate light with heat, which is a bad idea for at least two reasons.

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