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Old 10-31-2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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So I'm working on my first attempt to cold crash. Right now my mead is in the refrigerator, but I don't think the temps get into the 40's that I've seen people talk about as optimal for cold crashing. Is there a downside to cold crashing in the freezer? I know that the water and alcohol will separate out as a freeze distillation, but is there anything wrong with dropping it in the fridge to melt and recombine after it has frozen?

 
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:55 PM   #2
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I have cold crashed successfully using lowest setting in refrig...rack first, crash, rack, repeat as necessary...but the most important thing to know is: what is the temp range on your yeast because if you have a chill tolerant yeast, you need to be even more cognizant of temp.

I do not know that I would crash in freezer, definitely not in glass carboy. If you can ramp up the temp to above freezing...
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:14 PM   #3
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If your refrigerator isn't below about 40 degrees, then your food isn't safe! You definitely want to store food at 40 degrees or cooler, so that would be a big concern to me if the fridge is too warm. Unless it's a beer fridge, of course, and you like your beer closer to 50 degrees.

Either way, the fridge should be at least 10-20 degrees cooler than room temperature which would work fine for a cold crash.

Do not freeze the mead!
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:26 AM   #4
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Correction, fridge is in the low 40s. Pulled out my infra-red sensor.

 
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:04 AM   #5
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Then drop the temp in your fridge. Yooper is right. 40 is the top for food storage.
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