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Old 02-03-2010, 03:03 AM   #1
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I have a kolsch in the secondary fermenter right now.

The yeast was pitched on sat 1/23 it is a partial mash kit. My OG was 1.042. I oxygenated the cooled wort and fermintation started rapidly the next morning and went strong for 4 days then seemed to have slowed way down.
I waited until sun 1/31 and took a reading it was right at my target 1.006 and my estimated abv is 4.7%. I racked to a 2nd for clearing and am wondering if I should cold crash since I will be kegging and most likely force carbonating.


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Old 02-03-2010, 03:33 AM   #2
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Cold crash if you are looking for a clear end product. If you don't care about clarity, just keg it, carb it, drink it


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Old 02-03-2010, 03:44 AM   #3
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Is there any benefit to waiting in the 2nd fermenter other than clarity?
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There's lots of chatter if you search around this site on that. It seems like many of us lean towards just leaving your beer in primary for 3-4 weeks then bottling or kegging unless you are adding fruit, oak or need to age the beer for a long time such as for a barley wine or other higher gravity beer.
It is a personal preference that you will need to come up with. You will find that some folks call a secondary a "clearing vessel" or something similar. With a Kolsh, you probably want a clear end product so a secondary is likely a good idea, but not mandatory. Totally up to you. I have not found a reason to 2ndry other than those listed above.
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