I realize that the cold crash will cause more sediment to fall, i'm just wondering if it will compact the sediment any further so I can more beer off the top and feel less wasteful. Is there any way to filter beer out of the top inch or so of sediment? I'm just desperate to keep as much of this delicious chocolate stout as i can.
If I had to guess I'd say that due to the oatmeal and my dumb mistake of not mashing long enough (only 30 minutes due to a misread
) that this beer has a lot of starch and that's what the top layer is comprised of - starch that was mixed with the kraussen and as the kraussen fell the starch congeled on top? That's really a secondary worry... i just want as much beer as possible out of this. i was stupid to dump the entire boil (except a couple cups of trub) into the fermenter.