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Old 04-03-2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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Default Do you Cold Crash? (everyone vote! especially if you don't)

Do you put your fermenters in a fridge/freezer/icebath/etc when fermentation is finished in order to clear the beer before racking to the bottling bucket or keg?

It seems that these polls only draw the votes of people who answer in the affirmative, so that's a flaw in the way polls work. Nothing I can do about that.

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:14 PM   #2
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I'm not a cold crasher.

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:16 PM   #3
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Nope. I crash after bottle conditioning and carbonating. I want to make sure that there is enough viable yeast to carbonate when I bottle.

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:18 PM   #4
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Not most of the time. But if it's cold enough in my garage and it's something I want very clear, I have done it.

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:20 PM   #5
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It's hot as hell here, so I'll only do it if I have the space. My fridge only holds two fermentation vessels, and if I get impatient, I don't cold crash. Adding gelatin and placing the bottles in the fridge seems to work fine.

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:22 PM   #6
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I have not cold crashed on any beers I have brewed and I have not had a problem with haze.

I may try an experiment this summer (since I have a spare fridge for fermentation and lagering) just to see if it makes any difference.

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:23 PM   #7
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Pole?

I just started doing it with mediocre results (crash for 4-7 days). I'm going to try gelatin for the first time next batch.

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every batch

less junk in the keg

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Not yet, since I'm not equipped to do so. Once I have the ability to (lagering fridge or fermentation chamber), I'll give it a shot and if it works I'll stick with it.

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Would love to, but I don't have a freezer/fridge big enough. Will, eventually.

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