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Old 07-28-2012, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default Can I cold crash an ale at refridgerator temps?

After reading some threads, I've decided I'm not going to rack into a secondary and cold crash my Rouge Dead Guy Ale. After 2 weeks in the primary, I would like to cold crash it for 7-10 days.

Can I cold crash at 42-44 degrees? Or is this not yet an option for me because the temp will not be cold enough?

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The fridge will be fine. Depending on the temp you fermented at, you may want to do a D rest before crashing.
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The fridge will be fine. Depending on the temp you fermented at, you may want to do a D rest before crashing.
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Thank you for the answer. I did a search on "D rest" but could not find anything. Could you please explain?

Also, I'm fermenting in my basement 66-68 degrees.
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A "D" rest is short for diacetyl rest. Here is a link to the wiki. "D" rest. Get your brew on!

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... I've decided I'm not going to rack into a secondary and cold crash my Rouge Dead Guy Ale. After 2 weeks in the primary, I would like to cold crash it for 7-10 days.
If not adding anything, I cold crash the primary. Colder is better, but fridge temps are good. 7-10 days won't hurt, but by the second or third day most of what's going to drop has.
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After reading some threads, I've decided I'm not going to rack into a secondary and cold crash my Rouge Dead Guy Ale. After 2 weeks in the primary, I would like to cold crash it for 7-10 days.
Are you going to keg it then ?

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Thanks everyone for the tips!

Now that Ive read some info on D-rest, please let me know if this is a solid plan:

Keep in primary: fermenting in my basement at 66-68 degrees for approx. 17-20 days or so days.
Move primary upstairs for D-rest: constant 72 degrees for 2 days
Cold crash in fridge for 3-4 days 42-44 degrees
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Are you going to keg it then ?

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Yes sir, I will be kegging.
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In most cases, a diacetyl rest isn't necessary for an ale that's been properly brewed.





edit to say:
You'll be taking a gravity sample before crashing. No butter, no D-rest.

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In most cases, a diacetyl rest isn't necessary for an ale that's been properly brewed.
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An ale Beer that's been brewed at 65-75 F does not need the D-Rest .

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