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Old 04-18-2013, 01:35 AM   #1
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Hello everyone new brewer, what are your opinions about cold crashing before bottling will it help with clarity?

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Old 04-18-2013, 01:37 AM   #2
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I'm a believer, I cold crashed my latest batch of IPA (mostly to crash the hops) and the bottles carbed up perfectly, with less yeast residue in the bottles. I brought the bucket down to 35* for about a day and a half.

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Awesome thanks for the words

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In a word - - Heck yeah. No, wait, that's two words.

I typically cold crash down to 36-38*F for 3-5 days before kegging/bottling. I am most pleased with the result.
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If you decide to cold crash, consider also using gelatin. Those two things together work great.

Put half of a packet of unflavored Knox gelatin in a cup, let is sit for 5 or 10 minutes (it will bloom and spread out in the cup). Put some seran wrap loosely over cup and heat in microwave until it starts to boil. Pour into fermenter. Then cold crash.

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If you decide to cold crash, consider also using gelatin. Those two things together work great.

Put half of a packet of unflavored Knox gelatin in a cup, let is sit for 5 or 10 minutes (it will bloom and spread out in the cup). Put some seran wrap loosely over cup and heat in microwave until it starts to boil. Pour into fermenter. Then cold crash.
Let it cool first?
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Let it cool first?
I've never done that. I've used gelatin in 100 batches.
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If you decide to cold crash, consider also using gelatin. Those two things together work great.

Put half of a packet of unflavored Knox gelatin in a cup, let is sit for 5 or 10 minutes (it will bloom and spread out in the cup). Put some seran wrap loosely over cup and heat in microwave until it starts to boil. Pour into fermenter. Then cold crash.
So what does the gelitin do exactly?
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So what does the gelitin do exactly?
Clears the beer. The gelatin particles have a charge, and they are attracted to and cling to particles of opposite charge. When this happens, the resulting "clumps" of particles apparently are more dense and they fall to the bottom much more quickly. Further, they stay at the bottom better during racking.

Try it and see. I've used it without cold crashing and it doens't work nearly as well.
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