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Old 12-08-2013, 02:10 PM   #21
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I'm absolutely amazed with the difference. I cold crashed 2 beers recently.... the first time I've done this. I also added geletin to the kegs - again... first time. The beer is crystal clear... and I mean CRYSTAL clear. I've never had a truely clear beer before these 2. This is a process added from this point forward. I think I'll rack to secondary, add geletin, and cold crash in a carboy though to shorten the process. Once clear, I'll bottle for friends and keg the rest.
Try cold crashing without using the gelatin and I bet you will be just as happy with the results. I have stopped adding irish moss and using gelatin and I have not noticed any difference. I don't do a secondary either unless I am racking on top of something. Still comes out crystal clear. Just a thought since you can save some $ and time if you eliminate some of that stuff.
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:38 AM   #22
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So much advice. So many different "experts" giving advice. It makes your head spin sometimes. Folks even argue their point.... Angrily at times.

Thanks for the info though. I will say that using whirlfloc during the boil, cold crashing with geletin for 48+ hours, produces very... VERY clear beer. Could be that your process works very well, but this one I've seen work with extremely clear beer. I'll probably stick with this one for the time being. Not to say that I won't try your method later.

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Old 12-10-2013, 01:23 PM   #23
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:32 PM   #24
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So much advice. So many different "experts" giving advice. It makes your head spin sometimes. Folks even argue their point.... Angrily at times.

Thanks for the info though. I will say that using whirlfloc during the boil, cold crashing with geletin for 48+ hours, produces very... VERY clear beer. Could be that your process works very well, but this one I've seen work with extremely clear beer. I'll probably stick with this one for the time being. Not to say that I won't try your method later.
hey...best way to do it is the way you like to do it. sometimes i have tried something someone suggested and afterwards decided never again will i do it that way. Or on the flip side sometimes i have tried something and been really impressed. As long as you are having fun homebrewing and enjoy your beer thats all that matters!
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:36 AM   #25
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Has anyone experienced any negatives from cold crashing? I'm very green in this hobby (lifestyle a better term?) and I enjoy all the insight this community provides!

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Old 12-11-2013, 01:04 AM   #26
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Has anyone experienced any negatives from cold crashing? I'm very green in this hobby (lifestyle a better term?) and I enjoy all the insight this community provides!
sometimes I forget to cold crash it on time and when I do realize it, I have to wait the 2-3 days until I can keg it. That's the only one I can think of...
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Oxidation is a problem that can happen. The cold beer and air take up less space in the carboy and there is a significant amount of air pulled into the fermentor.
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Oxidation is a problem that can happen. The cold beer and air take up less space in the carboy and there is a significant amount of air pulled into the fermentor.
The CO2 that was in the fermentor before this should protect the beer from this as CO2 is heavier than air. so even if the air is sucked in there will be a barrier of CO2...unless I am missing something it should work like that anyway...
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The CO2 that was in the fermentor before this should protect the beer from this as CO2 is heavier than air. so even if the air is sucked in there will be a barrier of CO2...unless I am missing something it should work like that anyway...
I could see this as an issue in my particular circumstance. I currently brew 2.5 gallon batches in a 5 gallon setup. Perhaps the extra head space could allow oxidation or at the very least be more apt to in this instance?
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...unless I am missing something it should work like that anyway...
I'd try looking under the cushion of the couch. You're definitely missing something.
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