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Wallygator

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I searched, and couldn't find my answer.

What exactly does leaving a bottle in the fridge for 7 days do? or 48 hrs for that matter. After 3 wks @ 70f.

Is it so that the beer has time to reabsorb all of the carbon dioxide?

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After 21 days at 70 degrees, your beer is carbonated.

We strongly recommend that after that time is passed, you put your beer into a refrigerator, or other cooling device. This will prove to be critical to the quality of your beer. Leaving the bottles in a cooling chamber will provide a valuable service known as "making your beer cold."

It's quite handy.
 
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I know its carbed up. And I can put it in the fridge for 3 hrs and it will be cold. What advantage does cooling it for 2-7days have besides clarifying it?
 

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It does 2 things; clears the yeast from beer and absorbs the CO2 into the beer. It takes a few days to get both of these things to happen. 24 hours is okay, 48 better, and a week is perfect.

As the wise acre above said, it also chills your beer. :D
 

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Chilling the beer (as stated before) helps it clear a bit more. It helps let the yeasties in suspension drop out a bit more.

I wouldnt suggest chilling them before the 3 week rule (or until they are properly carbed) for the same reason you chill them in the first place. :)
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