Keg and ale pail - frozen solid!!!

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ghpeel

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Well I was cleaning out my chest freezer keg holder the other night, and I pulled out the temperature probe AND FORGOT TO PUT IT BACK IN.

In that freezer I had 1 full keg (German blonde ale), 2 empty kegs, and an ale pail of hefeweizen that I was cold crashing!

I noticed this 3 days later, and by then everything was frozen solid. I mean SOLID. I let everything thaw out and now I'm about to keg the de-frozen hefe. I've got no idea what effect this will have on the finished beer. I do know that the kegs seem fine (they are holding pressure) and the ale pail didn't crack or leak.

I'll report back in a few days after some sampled are carbed and tasted.
 
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Beer is carbed up and sampled. It's seems perfectly fine! It's my first straight hefeweizen and I think it hits the style perfectly. So I guess the freezing didn't impact the beer at all. Good to know!
 

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We can call this "Cold crashing TO THE EXTREME!" Glad everything worked out.
 

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Beer is carbed up and sampled. It's seems perfectly fine! It's my first straight hefeweizen and I think it hits the style perfectly. So I guess the freezing didn't impact the beer at all. Good to know!
Yeah, it's good to know!

That's awesome! This is probably a common homebrewing misconception that you have just cleared up.
 

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Think....BMC "Ice".

The process of "icing" beer involves lowering the temperature of a batch of beer until ice crystals form. Since alcohol has a lower freezing point than water and doesn't form crystals, when the ice is filtered off, the alcohol concentration increases. The process is known as "fractional freezing."

Yum.
 

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IMO, the beer usually benefits from the freezing so long as the ferment has finished out. I often deliberately let mine form some ice when cold conditioning and it seems to accelerate clearing. I have not let the beer freeze completely solid as you did, but once thawed, I don't think it will matter. How was the clarity? I would bet that it was brilliantly clear. Probably nice and crisp as well.
 

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you are lucky your full keg survived the freezing. a frozen keg can split at the seam as the ice expands.
It sure can. I've seen freezing water split open a steel pipe fence post that was not capped. Rain water got in and filled the pipe and it split at the first hard freeze.
 
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