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Old 02-25-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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hey all, My first brew is about ready to bottle after some stupid rookie mistakes. Took a sample reading and the fg has been steady for 3 days. Any how to make a short story long a question. I am taking over the wife's wine fridge which chills wine to 46-50 deg. Is that cold enough to cold crash my beer before bottling? I was going to let the brew sit in there for 24-36 hours.

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Old 02-25-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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Not really...cold works best by cooling quickly down to around 30-32 degrees for a few days. At that temp you would have to wait quite a long time before getting the benefit. BTW, I would give it longer than 3 days after hitting your terminal gravity before going to bottle, the yeast is still working cleaning out fermentation byproducts so a few more weeks on the yeast will go a long ways to producing a better beer.

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Old 02-26-2013, 12:03 AM   #3
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Thanks, A little back round about my 1st. brew. I didn't shake up the smack pack to make a German Ale. It slowly fermented then stopped(hydro reading). The sample at that point smelled good but was bitter. After anothre week it smelled I pitched some dry yeast and I reached the kits fg. It has been in the bucket for 3 1/2 weeks . I will try to get the bucket into the fridge next time to cold crash it . I was figuring some of the yeast would drop out with temps in the mid to upper 40's.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:10 AM   #4
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Colder the better- I never cold crash mine to freezing, maybe I get more solids in my bottles, but the beers are plenty clear for me.

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Thanks for the info. I put the fermenting bucket into a fridge,which is below 40 deg. I am planning on leaving it there for 18 hours. The wine fridge had the bucket at 48 deg. for 36 hours or so.
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I was thinking of cold crashing my IPA, what's the minimum time you can cold crash? For example, would it be at all effective for 6 hours (at 32 degrees)?

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