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Old 12-15-2008, 12:43 AM   #1
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So ya, I was bottling 20 gallons today (lot of bottles) and it's about 4 degrees outside. I had never crash cooled before and I thought I'd REALLY crash cool so I sat one of the 5g buckets outside.

It's frozen now. Should I just let it re-thaw gently and bottle it later? Will enough yeast be killed to worry about carbonation problems?

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Old 12-15-2008, 12:59 AM   #2
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Let it thaw and bottle later. Your probably fine with yeast but Id repitch just in case. No big deal.

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Old 12-15-2008, 01:48 AM   #3
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I was crash cooling an overcarbonated (stoopid mistake), and left it in the freezer way to long. Did not end up well.

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Old 12-15-2008, 09:02 PM   #4
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I crash cooled A brown ale in my keezer. Temp was A little to low, I turned up the temp and waited A few days and kegged it. It was fine.

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Old 12-15-2008, 11:28 PM   #5
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Dumb question about yeast viability. IF the fermenter were to have frozen wouldn't there be some concern that the ice crystals would lyse the yeast cells creating a situation similar to autolysis? Probably wouldn't matter in a small package (bottle) where the cell count isn't as high, but in a fermenter (pail/carboy) it seems like there could be some repurcussions. I'm still a newcomer and am just curious.

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Old 12-16-2008, 03:47 AM   #6
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i just put my fermenter outside tonight to cool it off a bit. planning to bottle tomorrow night.
low is supposed to be 28*, but it would take a long time to freeze five gallons solid, especially a 6% ABV 5 gallons.
now i am thinkin i should bring it inside in the morning.

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