Fermenting Over Winter?

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Homebrewer123

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I live in New England.
I put a 5 gallon batch in my garage for primary fermentation (plastic bucket). Then I had so much stuff going on I had to let it be for a month or two. Then it got so cold that it froze.

My question is:
Now that it is warming up, and is melted, can I bottle it? I'm assuming the yeasties are dead and gone, but it must have fermented pretty hardcore for a couple weeks there before it froze.

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Palmer talks about a similar thing happening to him when he did his first lager.....So long as sanitation was not compromised, you Are going to be fine........
 

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As long as it fermented well at somewhat of a constant temp for the first week I think you should be fine. But as they say only one ways to find out. I can't imagine going out to check my beer and have it be Frozen!:drunk:
 

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the good news is that it is still beer. I really can't think of the bad side :)

Seriously though, just bottle it and give it a try, maybe you will have a new way of fermenting an ale.
 
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okay so i opened it up and it looks a-ok, no infections or anything. however, when i bottle it for carbonation, should I add more yeast (assuming the yeast that froze is dead), or take my chances with an uncarbonated beer?

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I'd check the SG, just to make sure it fermented.

Then, I'd add about 1/4 package of nottingham yeast to the cooled priming solution and stir well. Then rack the beer into it and bottle it.
 
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