Originally Posted by khorn
Should I trash the beer that is just barely above the trub or is there a practical way to salvage it and avoid siphoning sediment?
Also, I'm approaching my 14th day of fermentation and I'm curious about cold crashing to clarify the beer and get some of the remaining active yeast to settle out. Is it worth experimenting with? It's only a gallon carboy so space is not an issue - it should fit in my fridge no problem.
While it is my first brew and it is primarily a learning experience I would like to try as many beneficial techniques as I can to adapt to future brews.
Start your siphon from the middle of the carboy and keep moving it down as the level of beer drops so that your siphon only ends up near the trub at the very end. Also, if you are moving your carboy to another area to siphon...I like to give it 24 hours to resettle but at least give it a few hours.
This is one of the reasons why I secondary...I can siphon all the way to the bottom with the above method and get some trub but a week later in a secondary, this is a tight ring around the bottom. I even tilt the carboy and get almost all the beer...I probably leave behind 4-6oz total after both transfers.
I cold crash before transfer to the secondary and before I bottle...two days each. The clarity is amazing, but I find the same results without cold crashing and leaving the beers in the fridge for 3+ weeks. Hope this helps