Now that I have you saying “Wax on, wax off” like certain karate kid, let’s learn a bit about aging beer. I would say “cellaring” but not all of us have cellars, but we do have cool, dry places to let our bottles of beer to do their thing. Whether we’re talking about a beer you brewed yourself — congratulations, by the way! — or one you picked up from your favorite beer store, there are some beers that lend themselves to aging. The attributes you want to look for are higher levels of alcohol, malty beers, and wild or sour beers.

8 – 10% ABV should be your lower range. The alcohol prevents oxidation which makes for a really un-drinkable experience. Hop characters fade in the aging process, so IPAs are totally out. Focus on looking for maltier beers. Stouts, porters, etc. The sour beers have Brettanomyces, so as any hop flavors mellow, the malty character remains.

 

So, why should you wax your bottles before allowing them to age? The wax will keep out any oxygen and will keep in all the carbonation. Now, why the heck would you buy bottle wax instead of melting your kid’s box of crayons? This wax is thick and tough, water resistant, FDA-approved, and can wax up to 60 bottles. No guessing games there!

I would advise using an older pot or one that doesn’t have a lot of value as you probably don’t want wax in your food — no matter how food safe it is. Another option is to use one of those pop-top soup cans (rinse it out and take the label off) and put the beads in there to heat up and dip your bottles in. And if you don’t all of the wax that you heat up, you can cover it up for your next waxing session! 

 

We have bottle wax in black and “natural” (no dyes, it’s kind of an off-white as seen in the picture above) 

Achieve a tough, moisture-resistant coating that preserves freshness, flavor and fragrance with these blends of FDA approved waxes and FD&C approved colors. Also provides tamper-evident protection. Beads are packaged in one pound bags and one bag is good for approximately 60 bottles. Food grade, can be used for cheese.

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