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Old 01-15-2013, 06:46 PM   #1981
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Thanks, cheesecake! Just learned what cold crashing mean. Will it hurt to cold crash it on the 20th day and bottle on the 21st day?

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Old 01-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #1982
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Nope as long as fermentation is complete

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Old 01-15-2013, 07:31 PM   #1983
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Nope as long as fermentation is complete
Speaking of that, I am on my way to buy a hydrometer and have a brew. What is the best way to use a hydrometer on a 1 gallon batch without losing the sample? Can I just make sure the hydrometer and sample jar are sanitized and pour it back in?
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:10 PM   #1984
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Speaking of that, I am on my way to buy a hydrometer and have a brew. What is the best way to use a hydrometer on a 1 gallon batch without losing the sample? Can I just make sure the hydrometer and sample jar are sanitized and pour it back in?
If everything is sanitized properly then yeah, you can just pour it back in.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:25 PM   #1985
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I'm always scared to pour back in but I really hate racking and finding out I only have enough to fill half a bottle or so at the end. Luckily I bought star San so this should be less of an issue now.

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Old 01-16-2013, 01:16 PM   #1986
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Amazon had refractometers for a about $20. You have to do some calculating once fermentation starts, but it only takes a drop of liquid to get a reading.

I use mine all the time, I only use my hydrometer when I'm in a hurry to bottle (as in, is it ready to bottle today...100% sure). But that doesn't/shouldn't happen often.

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:01 PM   #1987
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I would let it ferment for another week and then cold crash it for 24 hours and then bottle it. Cold crashing will help everything fall out. Just put the fermenter in the fridge to cold crash
Can I cold crash it in my non-insulated garage if the low for that night is 25 degrees? I plan on doing it this Sunday. Also, will cold crashing affect my priming? I had planned on priming for 2 weeks. Before cold crashing, should I take off the airlock and replace with a sanitized piece of foil with a rubber band?
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:44 PM   #1988
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Is your garage attached? Mine is and is always 10 degrees warmer than outside temps because it shares a common wall. 25 would not scare me at all, if so. It will take 24 hours at least for your beer to come into temp equilibrium anyway.

Cold crashing does not affect priming unless it gets below freezing temps (remember beer freezes a few degrees below 32 b/c of the alcohol). If you have star san or vodka in your airlock, no issues if the colder temps suck some in the fermenter.

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It is an attached garage. I do have the Star San in the airlock.

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Made a 1 gallon partial mash batch today. Amber DME, Vienna and crystal 60 malts. I decided to be brave and did a hydrometer reading before I dumped the rest into my primary. 1.060... Hoping to get 6% ABV

I love one gallon batches because I get to stay warm in my kitchen.

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