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Old 11-27-2012, 02:15 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Im new to home brewing and have been reading the forums trying to find answers to my questions but I still have a question to ask.

Ive got my first two brews in secondaries and they are almost reading for bottling. Ive been reading a lot about cold crashing and how it helps clear up the beer.

I dont have a fridge I can stick the carboys in, but seen as it cold outside all day and night (I live on the Olympic peninsula) would it be ok just to stick them outside for a couple of days? The temp outside during the day will be around 46-47F will this be cold enough? and will leaving them outside for two days be long enough?

And from what ive read its ok to bottle them cold? as long as I leave the bottles inside to warm back up?


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Old 11-27-2012, 02:41 AM   #2
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Depends what type of yeast you're using. I think you might see some results from it. The main purpose of cold crashing is to put the yeast into a dormant state, than gravity drops them out. If the yeast can tolerate a 45 degree temp you might not get the results you're looking for.

As for bottling, you should be fine. Yes, you want the bottles to warm back up. Around 70 or so, to bring the yeast that's still in suspension out of its dormant state. It may take slightly longer to carb, but you'll be fine.


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Old 11-27-2012, 02:48 AM   #3
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I think the yeast was Muttons And Fison Ale Yeast. Although im not 100% sure. I bought two all grain beer kits from midwest, so its whichever dry yeast they put in the kits.
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If it's truly under 50, you should get a result. Maybe not the best of results, but if it's all you got to work with, it's better than nothing!
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Thanks Steber, I will give it a go.
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I'm doing my first cold crash in the basement today. I got a 20-gallon plastic tub. Gonna put the primary in there and cover it with ice. Just another technique you might consider if your temp. isn't cool enough.
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Let me know how that goes and I might give it a try
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If you're thinking of making a make shift swamp cooler put it in the colder environment. Itll help in any temp, so if its cooler outside you can add ice water out there too
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Do you have a garage or shed to store it in? What would you do to keep the evil sun off of it.
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Do you have a garage or shed to store it in? What would you do to keep the evil sun off of it.
I have a wooden box i can store it in. The weather recently had been hitting about 46F during the day is that too hot to cold crash?


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