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Old 12-26-2013, 11:06 PM   #11
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Little confused. By dropping yeast out of suspension when cold crashing, does this negatively affect the aging process in the bottle/keg. My beers always taste better after 2 or 3 weeks and I always thought this was the yeast still doing their job. I understand the clearer beer but isn't the yeast still important. I have never cold crashed before ( still a newbie), but was considering for my next beers. Want to understand the pros and cons.

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Old 12-26-2013, 11:13 PM   #12
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No cons but effort. There are always enough yeast in suspension.

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Old 12-26-2013, 11:22 PM   #13
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I think there's a difference in yeast flavors based on the clarity of the beer (as a hefe drinker might tell you) but I think as long as your bottling practices are good and you cold condition the bottles, pour your glasses well, etc., the differences aren't so big. Given that it's winter, I cold condition everything. Otherwise I uh, "cool" condition. Gotta get another fridge.
I have no idea how good my bottling practices are. I'm guessing somewhere between Not Good to Really Not Good.
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:35 PM   #14
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Little confused. By dropping yeast out of suspension when cold crashing, does this negatively affect the aging process in the bottle/keg. My beers always taste better after 2 or 3 weeks and I always thought this was the yeast still doing their job. I understand the clearer beer but isn't the yeast still important. I have never cold crashed before ( still a newbie), but was considering for my next beers. Want to understand the pros and cons.
A lot of that is from natural chemical reactions in the beer an not just the yeast. Also, If there's enough to carb, there is enough to clean up. When you crash you're dropping a lot of other dissolved solids out of solution - not just yeast.
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I have never cold crashed before ( still a newbie), but was considering for my next beers. Want to understand the pros and cons.

The only con is that you have to wait a little bit longer.

If you have the equipment to do so, IMO it's a no-brainer.
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I've cold crashed the last 7 beers I've brewed. Added geletin after the beer got down to 34.

All I can say is.... before doing this I always had cloudy beer. All 7 of these turned out to be as clear as any commercial, filtered beer.

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I have no idea how good my bottling practices are. I'm guessing somewhere between Not Good to Really Not Good.
Mostly I mean trub. I accidentally dumped a bit of my cake into my bottling bucket a few brews ago, and I wasn't able to cold crash. I got a lot more sediment in my bottles than usual. As it was a high-carbed beer, the bombers and 750s really stirred up the sediment when they were opened before you could pour it all, so a lot of that wound up in the glass, flavors and all--cold conditioning the bottles didn't really help at that point. Along with bulk cold conditioning keeping trub out of the bottling bucket is one of my big focuses when I'm bottling now, and it's definitely improved the beer.

I bottled a blonde saison last night after leaving it outside for about 24 hours. It's 25-30 here right now at night, but it's higher ABV so it won't freeze over ~20. I used a little gelatin, and it looked sparkling, almost like a lager. The cake was pretty firm, so it was easy.
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