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Old 01-05-2013, 07:51 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for your input. This is what I've decided to do:
Currently in its second week btw.

If things don't start to clear by the 3rd week I'm going to move to secondary until its fourth week. Really looking to see if the kruesen settles too.

2 days before the end of the 4th week I'm going to add gelatin and cold crash it for 1-2 days.

My concerns: if I move to a secondary I'm giving my brew an opportunity to collect air and sh!t. If I just leave it in first then maybe it won't clear just as good, ie the old kruesen mixed with gelatin at the end.
Thoughts?

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Old 01-05-2013, 08:01 PM   #12
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Don't bother racking to secondary.just cold crash in the primary.

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Old 01-05-2013, 08:06 PM   #13
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How does a secondary clear the beer?
Search the forum; huge topic but from what I take from it, your basically moving your brew from all the gunk you don't want in your final product and giving it another opportunity to drop anything else that shouldnt be in it. Fairly popular approach is just leaving it in primary for 3+ weeks and it should clear just as good and give better taste. But it seems like IPAs need an extra step or two to get that traditional clarity. My last ale cleared up really well no additives or extra steps. Just 3 weeks in primary.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:09 PM   #14
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How does a secondary clear the beer?
secondary just leaves some of the sediment behind, I think youll get the same result with primary, its just about time. but this is just my opinion, someone else might have better info.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #15
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I sually never crash my ipas feel like it strips flavor and hop oils i also dry hop warm
I never secondary either. Time is your friend the more youe it the longer it takes leave it alone for 3 weeks and rack to bottling bucket/keg.
Use your secondary as another fermenting vessel!

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Oh, I understand why people think a secondary would clear beer. Unfortunately it doesn't work to clear beer any more than the same amount of time in primary and cold crashing.

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Oh, I understand why people think a secondary would clear beer. Unfortunately it doesn't work to clear beer any more than the same amount of time in primary and cold crashing.
If using a glass carboy as a secondary it provides the window to watch the beer clear. You also have a window to examine the racking cane as you transfer to bottling bucket/keg. Keeping the end of the cane elevated and lowering as you empty. This keeps your beer sediment free.
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Newb question..... What is cold crashing?

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Newb question..... What is cold crashing?
From my understanding its just putting the beer in a fridge. the sediment seems to drop, but thats my opinion, i might be wrong.
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From my understanding its just putting the beer in a fridge. the sediment seems to drop, but thats my opinion, i might be wrong.
Googled the issue, lots of vague info. Have a 3 week ferment gonna try it for 48 hours, condition in a keg afterwards and see what happens.
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