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Old 03-24-2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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Is cold crashing an ale after the secondary a useful technique? I'm just thinking of more ways to clarify.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:53 PM   #2
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:54 PM   #3
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Very common to cold crash and lager ales, especially with the lower flocculating yeasts.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:57 AM   #4
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Yes, cold crashing will help with clarifying your beer. Recommended if you can.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:33 AM   #5
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I have been doing this lately and it definitely improves clarity and I have seen no ill effects yet from doing so. After I transfer I keep it at about 35+/- for about five days.
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:42 PM   #6
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Ok....thanks for the assistance.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:29 PM   #7
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While there's debate on whether you should secondary or not, cold crashing pretty much negates the need entirely.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:42 PM   #8
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Secondary , gelatin + cold crash. That's how I do my ales.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:54 PM   #9
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I generally add gelatin to secondary after a period of conditioning (lenght of conditioning prior to cold crashing in secondary depends on the beer). I will typically soak the gelatin in cold water for an hour, boil to dissolve, cool to about 70 F, and add to my beer which I then place at 34-38 F for 5-7 days. Always works great. You can typically see it in action, and it appears as phases separating. Just don't use more than the 1.5 g/5 gallons for beer, as it can actually start stripping components of the beer that are associated with body.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:59 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by turkeyjerky214
While there's debate on whether you should secondary or not, cold crashing pretty much negates the need entirely.
Secondary removes alot of the trrub and excess yeast. I still use a secondary and cold crash. My beer is clear as commercial beers.
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