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View Poll Results: Do you Cold Crash your Beer?
Yes 258 48.50%
No 248 46.62%
Something else/I'm confused/I'll explain below 26 4.89%
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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Do you put your fermenters in a fridge/freezer/icebath/etc when fermentation is finished in order to clear the beer before racking to the bottling bucket or keg?

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Old 04-03-2013, 10:14 PM   #2
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I'm not a cold crasher.

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Old 04-03-2013, 10:16 PM   #3
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Nope. I crash after bottle conditioning and carbonating. I want to make sure that there is enough viable yeast to carbonate when I bottle.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:18 PM   #4
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Not most of the time. But if it's cold enough in my garage and it's something I want very clear, I have done it.

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Old 04-03-2013, 10:20 PM   #5
Feb 2013
El Paso, Texas
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It's hot as hell here, so I'll only do it if I have the space. My fridge only holds two fermentation vessels, and if I get impatient, I don't cold crash. Adding gelatin and placing the bottles in the fridge seems to work fine.

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Old 04-03-2013, 10:22 PM   #6
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I have not cold crashed on any beers I have brewed and I have not had a problem with haze.

I may try an experiment this summer (since I have a spare fridge for fermentation and lagering) just to see if it makes any difference.

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Old 04-03-2013, 10:23 PM   #7
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I just started doing it with mediocre results (crash for 4-7 days). I'm going to try gelatin for the first time next batch.

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Old 04-03-2013, 10:27 PM   #8
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every batch

less junk in the keg

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Old 04-03-2013, 10:30 PM   #9
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Not yet, since I'm not equipped to do so. Once I have the ability to (lagering fridge or fermentation chamber), I'll give it a shot and if it works I'll stick with it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:37 PM   #10
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Would love to, but I don't have a freezer/fridge big enough. Will, eventually.

Primary: 2013 EdWort's Apfelwein | 2012 JAOM 3-gal | 2013 JAOM 5-gal
Secondary: Nada
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