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Old 06-24-2011, 03:46 PM   #1
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I made a Russian chocolate imperial stout. Probably my best beer to date, at least all my true beer loving friends think so. I am gonna enter it in the state fair and I have a question about cold crashing:

If I cold crash for 2 weeks and then remove it will the "clearing up" remain even after the beer warms again and is allow to sit around awhile before judging?

Not a huge deal as we are talking about a beer the color of motor oil but curious as I want it to present well in the competition.

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Old 06-24-2011, 03:49 PM   #2
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it should, as long as it doesn't get shaken up, or rattled around too much.

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Old 06-24-2011, 03:55 PM   #3
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I agree that allowing the keg to warm won't cause it to cloud up, but moving the keg certainly will. Does the competition allow keg entries? That's somewhat unusual in a state fair type competition. If you bottle from the tap, you could avoid disturbing the sediment and enter a relatively clear beer. Two weeks is a rather short cold conditioning period. I would add some finings to speed up the process if I were pressed for time.

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Old 06-24-2011, 04:01 PM   #4
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They are in bottles. I was thinking of cold crashing my already bottled and carbonated 12 ounce bottle. Sorry should have been more clear on that. 

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Old 06-24-2011, 04:03 PM   #5
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Won't hurt. Might compact the bit of sediment a bit, might help precipitate out some proteins that, (once precipitated), won't go back into solution afterwards.

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Old 06-24-2011, 04:08 PM   #6
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Cool. Thanks everyone. I think I'm gonna brew batch number two of this today. Competition isn't until August.

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Old 06-24-2011, 04:39 PM   #7
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As far as bottling goes, I have found that after conditioning is complete, the longer I can leave the bottle in the fridge, the more clear it becomes.

That being said, brew that sucker up and go for it. Good luck!

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Old 06-24-2011, 04:48 PM   #8
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Well I better get them in the fridge then!

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