Frozen Beer - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Frozen Beer

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-21-2009, 05:05 AM   #1
wylands
Recipes 
 
Jun 2009
home
Posts: 1


So i have a dark lager that i placed in a spare fridge in my garage to lager....and it froze somewhere in week 4 or five. is there any chance that it is salvageable?


 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2009, 05:28 AM   #2
z987k
 
z987k's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Anchorage
Posts: 3,518
Liked 29 Times on 27 Posts


Eisbock!!!!!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2009, 06:24 AM   #3
sethful
 
sethful's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Bloomington, IL
Posts: 271
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I had a cream ale that this happened to in week one of lagering....
I dethawed it, let it sit in my lagering fridge for a while longer... then, not sure if I had killed the yeast (which it probably did), added some more in... let it sit out for another week and it was actually a party favorite..
So, RDWHAHB, and then dethaw your beer!
__________________
~Seth
Accidentally Good Brewing
Bloomington, IL

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2009, 11:31 AM   #4
bull8042
I like 'em shaved
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
bull8042's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
Fort Mill, SC
Posts: 10,263
Liked 452 Times on 448 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by sethful View Post
I had a cream ale that this happened to in week one of lagering....
I dethawed it, let it sit in my lagering fridge for a while longer... then, not sure if I had killed the yeast (which it probably did), added some more in... let it sit out for another week and it was actually a party favorite..
So, RDWHAHB, and then dethaw your beer!
Hmmmm. "Dethaw" = freeze....... hehehe
__________________
"I brew with a water cooler and some part from the toilet." - JohnnyO

"I do gravity feed the last gallon or two through my Therminator, but I expect you could suck start a Volkswagen before you could suck start one of these. - GilaMinumBeer

"..... Bull was right." - TXCurtis

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2009, 01:28 PM   #5
menschmaschine
 
menschmaschine's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
Delaware
Posts: 3,272
Liked 41 Times on 33 Posts


Your beer is fine. This has happened to a few of us on here, myself included (it helps if the temp. control probe is IN the freezer!). Just let it thaw out, swirl it around a little to mix it back up without aerating it and let it settle back down again before racking. If you're going to naturally carb it, you'll need to add some new yeast. Dry lager yeast is preferable, but you could even add a clean ale yeast. 1/4 to 1/2 packet per 5 gallons should be more than enough.

Remember, if you swirl it around to mix it and release CO2, you may want to compensate for this release in your sugar addition (temperature) calculation.
__________________
END TRANSMISSION

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2009, 05:30 AM   #6
sethful
 
sethful's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Bloomington, IL
Posts: 271
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


shudup Bull!

I was using a deep freeze as a lagering aperatus... Had some guys come over to install some gutters in the house and they used the power outlets in the garage... they ended up blowing a fuse inside the house. The thing they were checking to see if they had fixed the trouble was the freezer... and in the process the temp probe for my temp controller fell out. I didn't see the trouble for a few days.... so the beer was good and frozen before I started the recovery process.

it was still a damn tasty beer though!!
__________________
~Seth
Accidentally Good Brewing
Bloomington, IL

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2009, 05:51 AM   #7
MBasile
Recipes 
 
Jun 2009
Austin, TX
Posts: 1,537
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by sethful View Post
I had a cream ale that this happened to in week one of lagering....
I dethawed it, let it sit in my lagering fridge for a while longer... then, not sure if I had killed the yeast (which it probably did), added some more in... let it sit out for another week and it was actually a party favorite..
So, RDWHAHB, and then dethaw your beer!
would that make it an ice cream ale?
__________________
Up next: beer
Fermenting: beer
Conditioning: and more beer

Total gallons in 2012: 10

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2009, 01:37 PM   #8
harrydrez
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Posts: 441
Liked 36 Times on 21 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by wylands View Post
So i have a dark lager that i placed in a spare fridge in my garage to lager....and it froze somewhere in week 4 or five. is there any chance that it is salvageable?
Take some of that ice out, you'll have a nice eisbier.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2009, 01:41 PM   #9
thedigitale
Recipes 
 
Nov 2008
Posts: 207
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts


It's frost brewed... you may have come up with the secret recipe for Coors!

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Frozen beer? mrkeeg General Beer Discussion 16 01-22-2013 10:57 PM
Frozen beer in keg! ZacMac Bottling/Kegging 10 02-22-2011 02:48 AM
frozen beer lines, beer is bitter blackwaterbrewer General Beer Discussion 7 08-17-2009 11:52 PM
Frozen beer powderbock General Beer Discussion 4 01-29-2009 12:40 AM
Frozen Beer??? bshannon8867 General Techniques 10 09-17-2007 11:42 PM


Forum Jump