Originally Posted by syn-ack
Ive been reading about cold crashing but am unclear about a few things. First dose cold crashing affect the flavor in the long run? Second is the point of cold crashing solely to clear it up?
First question: no, second question: yes and to get rid of other suspended particulates that you might not want in your beer. For me, cold crashing in my conical allows me to shave weeks off of a beer's clarification cycle and arrive at a finished product quicker with no ill side effects.