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Old 12-15-2013, 04:21 AM   #1
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my beer is just about done fermenting...

wouldn't mind cold crashing it to make it look better, and it also might help because I didn't use any whirfloc or moss... BUT my question is how is this going to affect my carbonation and conditioning... any adjustments I need to make? or business as usual in terms of bottling?

I mean what do I rack-prime-and bottle it and then put back at normal room temp to condition?

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Won't affect anything. Cold crash, give it a little time, then proceed as normal. There will be plenty of yeast for carbonation. Just bottle, and leave the bottles at room temp as you normally would.

If you really want to focus on clear beer, do a forum search for gelatin fining before you do the cold crash. Enjoy the beer!

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Old 12-15-2013, 04:36 AM   #3
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thank you... still in that newborn baby phase... second batch.... haven't even tried one of my own yet... have some bombers conditioning now, but much more excited about this second batch(flat flavor was EXACTLY what I was going for - it tasted just like a flat ayinger octoberfest)... everything has gone perfectly smooth this time around so I wanted to crash it right... thanks...

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BUT my question is how is this going to affect my carbonation and conditioning... any adjustments I need to make? or business as usual in terms of bottling?

I mean what do I rack-prime-and bottle it and then put back at normal room temp to condition?
Cold crashing has no effect on bottle carbing. I crash each batch in the primary for 5-7 days at 35-36*F, use the same amount of priming sugar as if I had not crashed, prime/bottle cold and let it warm to condition at room temp in the bottles.

One modification to typical priming I like to follow is to take a sanitized plastic/metal spoon and very, very slowly/gently (no splashing) stir to ensure even distribution of the sugar in the cold beer.
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I cold crash for about a week and then bottle for 3 before drinking. Never have used the gelatin I bought.

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my beer is just about done fermenting...

wouldn't mind cold crashing it to make it look better, and it also might help because I didn't use any whirfloc or moss... BUT my question is how is this going to affect my carbonation and conditioning... any adjustments I need to make? or business as usual in terms of bottling?

I mean what do I rack-prime-and bottle it and then put back at normal room temp to condition?
Were you talking about cold crashing in the bottles or in the primary? I usually crash in the primary for 3 days before I bottle at about 38 degrees F. After that I'll rack to the bottling bucket and prime as normal. You could crash in the bottles but you would need to bring them back up to the 70 degree range for them to carbonate / condition for a few weeks.
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in the primary, started crashing at noon today...

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I think it tends to make bottle carbing a little bit slower yet youll get a little less sediment in the bottle as a plus. Also you gotta worry about suckback from an airlock, seems like alot of people use foil. Because of oxygen Im afraid of doing that as I would just consider plugging it before I use foil.

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Use an S airlock with StarSan or vodka and you won't have to worry about contamination via any suck-back. Also, the very small amount of air that might get drawn in due to the temp drop in the fermenter is insignificant when it comes to oxidation concerns.

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Use an S airlock with StarSan or vodka and you won't have to worry about contamination via any suck-back. Also, the very small amount of air that might get drawn in due to the temp drop in the fermenter is insignificant when it comes to oxidation concerns.
Oh yeah thanks Ive heard that before. Ive used idophor before but it goes weak soon it seems. Ill have to remember that. I have a hard time believing you can keep a co2 blanket in a fridge with foil on when its done fermenting, once its done you only have so much co2 and I would think it would leak out soon. Bringing in the refrigerating nastys after so long.
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