Is Cold Crashing bad for bottling? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Bottling/Kegging > Is Cold Crashing bad for bottling?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-22-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
HeavyKettleBrewing
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Posts: 581
Liked 19 Times on 17 Posts



First time I attempted this but I cold crashed my recent batch to clear out the beer prior to bottling. I stuck my secondary in my chest freezer ferm chamber and set the controls to 48 degrees. Left it in for roughly 24 hrs. Racked to bottling bucket and primed during the whole transfer to evenly distribute the corn sugar (3/4 cup sugar dissolved in two cups bottled H20.) I let the bottling bucket sit for 2hrs to get to room temp, covered of course.

I don't know if I F'd it up or something else is amiss. I have virtually no carbonation. A little "tzzt" when I pry the caps off. I was heartbroken when It happened on the second bottle. I also cold conditioned for three weeks at around 55 degrees. I might not have thought the whole thing through. looking for suggestions before I go out and buy a corny so I can force carbonate. I am not dumping the batch as the flavor would be spot on with some fizzy to complement it.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 11:25 PM   #2
Cromacster
Recipes 
 
Nov 2011
Roseville, MN
Posts: 82
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


If its only been in the bottles for three weeks it might just need more time, especially if conditioning at that temperature.


__________________
www.wellingtonavebrewing.com
Primary:
Secondary: Surly Furious Extract kit, Imperial Stout
Bottled: Strawberry Blonde Ale, Bourbon Barrel Porter, California Lager, Lakefront Fixed Gear, Surly Bender Clone

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 11:34 PM   #3
day_trippr
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Stow, MA
Posts: 16,921
Liked 2847 Times on 2133 Posts


48 degrees for 24 hours is hardly "cold-crashing" imo. More like "a little chilling". When I cold-crash I set the fridge to 34F and the beer sits there for 3 to 4 days.

How long and at what temperature did you let the capped bottle sit before you stuck them in the fridge? If it was only for a week or so, I'd get the bottles warmed back up to around 70F and let them sit for a couple of weeks, then pop one to see if they're ready for cold conditioning...

Cheers!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 11:42 PM   #4
tektonjp
Recipes 
 
Nov 2010
ohmihachiman, Japan
Posts: 816
Liked 89 Times on 66 Posts


As day trippr mentions, I think you are mixing up terms here. When you bottle, the first thing to be done is to let the bottle carbonate, or go through fermentation again. Most here think that 70F for three weeks is about right to get the sugar consumed by the yeast and the consequent co2 into solution. Lower temps during this innitial phase means a lot more time to make the co2. Thus, no pzzt when you open. 55F could mean months to carbonate to taste.
After all the sugar has been consumed, then you want to lower the temp and help get some of that co2 pressure in the headspace back into the liquid. That's why it is suggested to chill 24 hours before sampling a bottle conditioned beer.
Put those bottles in a warmer place for a week, ten days, then chill one for a day, and see. You'll be surprised.
__________________
"Beer, well respected and rightly consumed, can be a gift of God. It is one of his mysteries, which it was his delight to conceal and the glory of kings to search out."

The Search for God and Guinness by Stephen Mansfield

Reason: add

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2012, 11:43 PM   #5
HeavyKettleBrewing
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Posts: 581
Liked 19 Times on 17 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by day_trippr View Post
48 degrees for 24 hours is hardly "cold-crashing" imo. More like "a little chilling". When I cold-crash I set the fridge to 34F and the beer sits there for 3 to 4 days.

How long and at what temperature did you let the capped bottle sit before you stuck them in the fridge? If it was only for a week or so, I'd get the bottles warmed back up to around 70F and let them sit for a couple of weeks, then pop one to see if they're ready for cold conditioning...

Cheers!
3 weeks at near 52-55 degrees in my chest freezer. Dial temp controller so it varies by a couple degrees. I went straight into the chest freezer after bottling. I am going to put them in a bin and store them in the house for two weeks. Hopefully the warmth will invigorate the yeasties!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2012, 12:02 AM   #6
day_trippr
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Stow, MA
Posts: 16,921
Liked 2847 Times on 2133 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by maddad View Post
3 weeks at near 52-55 degrees in my chest freezer. Dial temp controller so it varies by a couple degrees. I went straight into the chest freezer after bottling. I am going to put them in a bin and store them in the house for two weeks. Hopefully the warmth will invigorate the yeasties!
Ok, I think you have a good chance here. That's too cool for an ale yeast to work effectively, imo. Definitely warm it up and give it time for the yeastie beasties to do their thing...

Cheers!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2012, 01:12 AM   #7
HeavyKettleBrewing
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Posts: 581
Liked 19 Times on 17 Posts


Just moved everything. I'll check it out in two weeks. Thanks for the input.



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cold Crashing and bottling.... KELLEHERC Bottling/Kegging 6 02-03-2011 08:51 PM
Question about cold crashing and bottling Oldyote Bottling/Kegging 2 08-31-2010 08:12 PM
bottling after cold crashing stagstout Bottling/Kegging 3 05-26-2010 11:56 PM
Bottling after cold crashing dae06 Bottling/Kegging 1 04-09-2010 04:23 PM
Bottling and Cold Crashing Superdave Bottling/Kegging 4 04-01-2009 09:05 PM


Forum Jump