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Old 01-23-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default Cold-crashing wort -- any issues?

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I brewed a pilsner on Monday but when it came time to pitch, my starter smelled off so I tossed it and started over. So the wort has been sitting @ 33°F since brewing (~36 hours) and I plan to pitch the new starter when I get home. So basically the wort has cold-crashed and there is a 3-4 inch layer of trub at the bottom and I need a little extra headspace -- so is there any downside to racking the wort off the trub before pitching?

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Shouldnt really be any issues, as long as everything is sanitary. Having the wort at 33 degrees has helped keep any nasties from taking over for the past couple days.

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Obviously, this isn't an ideal situation but so long as you're hear I don't see why you couldn't rack it. Not sure how necessary it is and it does increase risk but it could be done.

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As kpr121 said, as long as you previously had a sanitary transfer, you should be good. The process of transferring a 2nd time might actually help with oxygenating the wort.

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Yea that's what I was thinking. I was just worried the heavier/more complex sugars would have dropped out also and lower the FG. But apparently I'm just paranoid

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Yea that's what I was thinking. I was just worried the heavier/more complex sugars would have dropped out also and lower the FG. But apparently I'm just paranoid
Sugar is soluble in water (at 2000 g/L at 25 °C). In other words, the sugar (the solute) has dissolved in the water (the solvent) to form a solution, so you should not worry about it "dropping out."
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