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Old 08-05-2009, 03:58 PM   #1
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I just started cold crashing to see what it's all about. I had a 1.059 gravity beer and gave it 3 weeks in the primary, then cold crashed for 3 days and racked to keg and carbonated it. It's at week 4 now, and the sample tastes a little green as I suspected it would. Will this thing be ready at the 6 week mark if I'm aging it cold? My previous process would be 4 weeks primary, 1 week aging in keg, and 1 week to get it cold/carbonate and it seemed to work perfectly.

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Cold crashing is about clearing the beer before moving it. You don’t have to keep it cold after transferring. If it’s a beer that needs additional conditioning, I’ll cold crash for a few days, transfer it to a keg, charge with 30-40 lbs of CO2 and then basement it until it’s ready (or I am.) After that, a week in the fridge at serving pressure, and it ready to drink.
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Yeah, I'm thinking I should pull them out of the keezer and let them sit in the basement for a few weeks.

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By the way, I did a split 10 gallon batch, one with nottingham and the other with safale S-05. The S-05 batch almost tasted ready compared to the notty, which still needs a few weeks. I'm thinking about not even bothering with notty anymore.

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Cold crashing is about clearing the beer before moving it. You don’t have to keep it cold after transferring. If it’s a beer that needs additional conditioning, I’ll cold crash for a few days, transfer it to a keg, charge with 30-40 lbs of CO2 and then basement it until it’s ready (or I am.) After that, a week in the fridge at serving pressure, and it ready to drink.
You must go through alot of CO2...
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