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Old 01-29-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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I have been getting a lot of sediment in my bottles. Is there anything I can do to reduce this?

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Old 01-29-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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let the beer clear in the fermenter before packaging. that'll limit the sediment in bottles some, but there's no way to eliminate it. i always let beers sit a couple weeks or so after FG is reached to let them clear up. once they really start to drop bright, i bottle/keg.

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cold crashing helps... When I want to really avoid sediment I keg then bottle from the keg after it is running real clear. Of course that skips the niceness of bottle conditioning.

Basically, the more settled out your beer is before you bottle the less sediment you will wind up with.

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I have people saying not to cold crash before bottling an ale because the yeast won't like it and carbonating might not go very well. Are they loons?

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I've cold crashed my last two smash's and have had no problem with bottle carbing. Albeit it was only for 24 hr's at 40 degrees.

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That's what I was going to do on this Kolsch was stick the ale pail in my lagering/beer fridge at 40 for a day or two then bottle immediately following (after letting it come up to toom temp again)

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You've got the right idea. Its really amazing how much falls out even after just 24 hours. There's threads on here explaining how long you can leave it for also. Its your beer, have fun. Cheers!

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i never really 'cold' crash my ales when bottling them, but sometimes if the yeast is stubborn to flocc out, i'll bring them down to the low-mid fifties for a few days to encourage the yeast to drop out before bottling. my house temp's 68ish, and it takes about 4 weeks for the avg ale to condition in bottles, even after being kinda cool for a few days.

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I just wondered if I crashed it at 40, will it affect the yeast I need for carbing?

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I don't have a ton of experience, but my first batch I cold crashed for a day and a half in the fridge before bottling. My sample before cold crashing was pretty cloudy, afterwards it was amazingly more clear. The cold also helps solidify the trub so it is less likely to get mixed into your beer. After 3 weeks at 75 degrees+ (I do live in AZ...) they were carbed very well. The cold puts the yeast to sleep, but they wake up once they get warm again.

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