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Old 03-21-2008, 02:44 PM   #1
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After 12 days in primary and reaching termianl gravity my brew got a little cool, down to 54 degrees. I was thinking about cold crashing before bottling but I read somewhere that cold crashing will cause hop debris to rise and get into solution. Is this true? I would like to get it a little more clear before bottling. Any suggestions? It does look like more debris is in suspension since the temp dropped but not sure.

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Old 03-21-2008, 04:50 PM   #2
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I never heard of that myself, I always crash cool the conical before transfering to the keg.

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After 12 days in primary and reaching termianl gravity my brew got a little cool, down to 54 degrees. I was thinking about cold crashing before bottling but I read somewhere that cold crashing will cause hop debris to rise and get into solution. Is this true? I would like to get it a little more clear before bottling. Any suggestions? It does look like more debris is in suspension since the temp dropped but not sure.
i have not experienced that, But I would suggest using a bag when you add your hop additions from now on.
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I meant to use bags this time but forgot. When you do use bags do you use one bag for all the additions or a different bag for each hop addition?

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I meant to use bags this time but forgot. When you do use bags do you use one bag for all the additions or a different bag for each hop addition?
I use one bag for each seperate addition.
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Everything will sink to the bottom when cold crashing. Ive never heard of the hops rising.

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Old 03-25-2008, 07:49 PM   #7
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I thought the point of cold crashing was that everything falls to the bottom

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Never heard of anything rising when crashed. I crash mine to 35*F for a week and it is clear for the transfer. If hops do float when crashed I wanna know about it, but from practice I have never had it happen to me.

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Cold crash it. Particles drop.

If you have doubts, use a paint strainer around your racking cane when you transfer to "filter" the beer.

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Off topic, but BierMuncher, is there anything during the brewing process that you don't have 1 or more pictures of? I'm impressed! I think you could add a picture to almost any thread.

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