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Old 04-05-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Default Cold Crashing - Good/Bad or How long?

I just recently was able to get an old fridge and I am turning it into a kegerator but in the meantime, I have an IPA that I would like to cold crash.

Does Cold Crashing really make a difference? If so, for how long at what temp? I tried searching on HB but couldn't find an answer.

Thanks for the help!

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Old 04-05-2013, 09:00 PM   #2
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Of course it makes a difference, and is particularly useful when dry hopping with pellets.

I usually do three to four days at 34°F, but have gone longer on occasion. As I do all my fermentation in glass I can observe how the beer is clearing and let it run longer if desired ...

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Any good if I can only get my fridge down to 40?

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Any good if I can only get my fridge down to 40?
That'll do.
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Thanks for the help. Since this is my first time doing it, anything wrong with only going it for 2 days? It seems like it took the beer almost 24 hours to go from 60-40 degrees.

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Any good if I can only get my fridge down to 40?
I recently crashed at this temp and it made transferring to a keg much easier! Seemed to not only clear the beer but also keep the particles down while using the racking cane!
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Sounds great! I thought it would help when racking it. Anyone ever racked thru the bev out tube?

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Thanks for the help. Since this is my first time doing it, anything wrong with only going it for 2 days? It seems like it took the beer almost 24 hours to go from 60-40 degrees.
I've had good results with 2 days.
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As I understand it, the cold temp forces the yeast and other particles out of solution and they fall to the bottom. Extra bonus if you keg, the beer is down to a better temp to accept the CO2. I've also noticed clearing of the beer while it sits in the keg. All my stuff gets crashed now. Sometimes for a day, sometimes 2 or 3, depends on how much free time I have to deal with it.

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What are you hoping to accomplish; I.e. what exactly are you asking? If you're asking "will this make my beer taste better" then the answer is not really. Cold crashing is just a method to encourage the yeast to drop out. And yes it does take a few days. Cold crash a starter flask sometime (I.e.. Stick it in your fridge) and watch it change over a few days.

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