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Old 11-23-2011, 01:40 AM   #1
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I have tomorrow off from work in the morning and want to bottle 8 gallons of an Irish Red Ale. My fermentation fridge is occupied with a large flightless bird. Thus, I am thinking of setting my fermentors outside to cold crash overnight. The low is forcast to be 28 F. Is this too cold for the beer? I could set it in my attched garage that is around 45 F.
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:44 AM   #2
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Beer is 98% water. Water freezes at 32F. I wouldn't risk it.
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:45 AM   #3
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I'm not an expert by any means, but I wouldn't put it out for fear of freezing. I set my cider out a couple nights ago, it's about 45 in my area, and it cleared ok.

 
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:47 AM   #4
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Overnight? Oh yeah, you'll be fine. I'll bet it would take 3 days for the whole carboy to freeze. You might have a thin layer of ice after 24 hours but no way will you have more than that. It takes a little over 24 hours in my freezer to freeze a gallon of water.

 
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OK...in the garage it will go. Thanks for the quick replies and enjoy your holidays.
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:49 AM   #6
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My fermentation fridge is occupied with a large flightless bird.
You killed Big Bird!

 
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:55 AM   #7
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Overnight? Oh yeah, you'll be fine. I'll bet it would take 3 days for the whole carboy to freeze. You might have a thin layer of ice after 24 hours but no way will you have more than that. It takes a little over 24 hours in my freezer to freeze a gallon of water.
Sorry I forgot to mention that the beer is still in a bucket not a carboy. Would that make much of a difference?
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Old 11-23-2011, 02:01 AM   #8
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The freezing point of beer happens to be 28 deg.

Phuck it!
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You killed Big Bird!
Yeah...Elmo is out of season this time of year.
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Old 11-23-2011, 02:18 AM   #10
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I put mine out in slightly colder overnight temps and beer (mild) was fine. Oh, btw, mine was in a bucket too.

 
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