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Old 02-19-2013, 01:32 AM   #71
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What does it mean to "cold crash"? I asked my LHBS owner what she thought about the succulent version if this she was afraid the strawberries might not be sanitary. I was thinking the "cold crash" might kill off anything in the beer, but I'm not sure what it is. Sorry I'm a newb, if it isn't for killing bacteria what could kill it or is there not any because of the strawberries frozen
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:05 AM   #72
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Other folks know better than me, but I've assumed that "cold crash" is to reduce the fermentation (or post-fermentation) temperature for the purpose of getting all the yeast and sediment to go to the bottom. It does not sanitize anything.

Lots of folks use alcohol such as vodka or bourbon to sanitize stuff to put in the fermenters.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:33 AM   #73
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I am really glad so many people are likin this beer! I cant give a good reason not to puree the berries, i just dont. As far as sanitizing them, it is my understanding that freezing the kills bacteria, hence the reason i use frozen instead of fresh.

Cold crashing is a method of collecting all sediment to the bottom o the fermenter. When you drop the temp down, everything falls to the bottom and "packs" together. Once done, you should be able to rack clean beer and leave the trub behind. I usually cold crash for about a week as cold as i can get it. Usually around 36-38F.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:46 AM   #74
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Ok, I've added this one to the list of "on-deck" beers!! It may get pushed to the front of the line!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:57 PM   #75
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Good call! haha
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:45 AM   #76
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Excellent call. I have just started to drink my second keg of this brew. I do have a few comments on this the second time around, the only difference being I used 6lbs of strawberries (smashed frozen) instead of the 8. This gave me a beer with the same amount of strawberry flavor, less pink color, and more floaters and sediment in the beer. Cold crashing didn't help, and I doubt gelatin would have either, so its a bit of a tradeoff. But, I'm scheduling when i can brew this again, because it definitely won't last more than a week or two in the keg. Amazing recipe.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:19 PM   #77
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I'm dang happy that everyone likes this beer so much. My brew buddy brews it 3-4 times a year and I only brew it once. I guess it's time for me to step it up!

JimmyN, my brew buddy uses the 8 lbs per the recipe but puts them in a muslin bag. It greatly reduces the amount of berry "stuff" that he gets in the beer. The last batch was completely clear and looked like a blonde ale. Just a thought.
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Hey,

My wife is after me to brew her a girly beer. This sounds good to me. But some folks mentioned "tartness". Is the tartnes normal?
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It will have some tartness to it but I think it depends on the tartness of the actual berry. It is 8 lbs of berries afterall. I've never had one too tart.
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Thanks, I think I will try this in the near future.
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