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Old 01-26-2013, 10:49 PM   #1
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I am brewing my second batch. It is a 7% Oatmeal stout. After a couple days my fermentation slowed way down and the kraussen was sticking to the sides. So in my infinite wisdom I gave the fermenter a few good swirls. My intention was to suspend the yeast and get a little more fermenting. However I mixed some of the kraussen back into the beer.

I didn't think much of it, but today I was reading "How to Brew" by Palmer and see that mixing kraussen back in will cause off flavors. Im not painicking or anything. I am just curious what to expect from my mistake. Or if transferring to secondary would reduce the amount of off flavors I may have caused?

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It probably won't make a difference, but if you're worried about it, you could cold crash and fine with gelatin or isinglass to make sure it doesn't make it into the finished beer.

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Ok, so cold crashing would probably help? I have been looking into that. I have the basic concept, but not a tried and true method. I am assuming I just put fermenter in a place that is very cold for a few days to allow sediment to fall. After I cold crash I would have to move fermenter back upstairs or back inside.

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Ok, so cold crashing would probably help? I have been looking into that. I have the basic concept, but not a tried and true method. I am assuming I just put fermenter in a place that is very cold for a few days to allow sediment to fall. After I cold crash I would have to move fermenter back upstairs or back inside.
Yup, that's about it but you crash the beer prior to packaging for 1-3 days depending on how cold you can get it. The beer doesn't really need to warm up to package. If you bottle then place finished bottles at 70F for a few weeks, if you keg then just connect the CO2
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