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Old 04-16-2012, 02:18 AM   #11
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You mean, patience with bottle conditioning. (pulls hair out.)

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Old 11-27-2012, 04:18 AM   #12
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I dont have a big fridge or garage but I want to cold crash. Could I just put it outside for the last two days? My temp is around 37f outside. Maybe put a tarp over it to block the sun?

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Old 11-27-2012, 05:39 AM   #13
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I dont have a big fridge or garage but I want to cold crash. Could I just put it outside for the last two days? My temp is around 37f outside. Maybe put a tarp over it to block the sun?
Sure, just tell me where you live and what color tarp you are using. Seriously, just use some gelatin if what you want is clarity. Leaving it outside introduces too many other variables. Just an opinion. If you do, make sure you don't go below freezing.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:35 AM   #14
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I thought that you only cold crash Lagers? After I rack to secondary, I let it sit for one month before bottling. Then after two weeks of conditioning I let it sit for another month. I do this for all my ales. It may seem a bit much to some people but I'm in no hurry. The clarity is pretty good. I plan on doing my first lager the first of the year so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-21-2012, 02:12 PM   #15
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Cold crashing (also known as lagering) improves any beer. I personally like to coldcrash beers to 32 f for at least a week in my primary, then transfer to keg and keep at same temp until I serve them(sometimes its only after a day or two unfortunately)

The only difference between an ale and a lager is the fermentation temp. Ales are 65-68, lagers are like 48-52.
After fermentation is almost done, both improve from a diateyl rest(increasing temp for last 20% of fermentation to maximize attenuation and allow the yeast to eat all the byproducts and clean up the beer) then coldcrashing to the colder the better without freezing and the longer the better up til like say 6 months.

I only keg, i dont bottle condition. I have a friend that bottle conditions and he swears by using secondaries. To each their own i guess.

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Old 12-28-2012, 04:50 PM   #16
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Once I started kegging, I put the secondary in the cooler and cool it down to 37. I let it stay at that temp for a week. Then keg. It comes out as clear as commercial beer.

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