January 5, 2014 - 10 went

New Year Gueuze Bottle Share

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  • Tracy C.

    So, I noticed most of gueuze is in green bottles. Is gueuze not an risk of being light-struck because of extremely low alpha acids from the aged hops? Anyone know? This relates to a topic that went unresolved at the meetup -- I said that the old hops were useful as anti-oxidants, but didn't impart the bitterness. I think someone said that the components of hops that have the anti-oxidant effect are also the components that cause bitterness. Someone get their beer nerd on here... I'm looking at you first, Jesse and Aschwin.

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  • AdeWolf

    Gueuze is in green bottles because traditional lambic producers almost invariably use champagne bottles because a lot of pressure can build up over time. The hops are aged and used solely for anti-microbial properties. Some people have argued that because hops are not there for aroma and flavor the skunk issue is not a big deal. I am not sure. Of course, storing gueuze correctly matters a great deal, especially when you are in it for the long run. Things to prevent include drying out of the cork (store horizontally) and elevated temperatures. Store like wine is a good rule of thumb.

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