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Old 06-10-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
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Planning on doing a Steam beer in the near future and had a question about cold crashing it. Would it even make sense?? Since I'll be using a lager yeast and fermenting at 50degrees; would cold crashing at 38 degrees make the lager yeast more active rather than settle it??

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Old 06-10-2011, 09:19 PM   #2
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Yes cold crashing will work with lager yeast. Why do you think lowering the temp would cause the yeast to become more active? I also believe that 50 is a little low for the San Fran lager yeast (if that is what you are using). Whitelabs recommends 58-65F with WLP810. You might want to do a Diacetyl rest before you crash. Higher temps increase yeast metabolism which will help clean up the Dicetyl which can form from yeast being stressed by a lower ferm temp.

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