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Personally, I do not get bright beautiful beer unless I secondary, cold crash, and lager; or use a post-fermentation fining agent.

Have you tried cold-crashing in the primary? That's my SOP and with the exception of a few notoriously dusty strains I get clear beer from the keg immediately.

It's also the process most brewpubs use, although there you have the additional variable of filtration.

Hello all,

I am still fairly new to brewing and was wondering what is cold-crashing?  Currently, I am letting my beers ferment in the primary for ~7 days and then transferring to a secondary, where after about 2-3 weeks I keg it and put it in the fridge. 

Assuming you use a secondary, is 2-3 weeks in the secondary a good length of time in general for the beer to sit at cellar temperatures before kegging and refrigerating?

To get even clearer beer, should I put my secondary in the fridge for ~1 week just before kegging?  Is this what is meant by cold-crashing?

Thanks again for the help.

/RyLO

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« on: January 11, 2011, 09:44:19 AM »
Imperial Nut Brown Ale!!!  :D

/RyLO

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Kegging and Bottling / Accidentally Mixed Star-San & OxyClean
« on: August 28, 2010, 11:53:27 AM »
Hey guys,

I had some Star-San solution sitting in my keg while I wait until my beer is ready to keg and I accidentally poured about 2-3 gallons of OxyClean solution into it thinking it was Star-San solution (I have a 10 gallon keg).  Is my Star-San completely ruined and can I not count on it to sanitize my beer line in 1-2 weeks when I plan to keg my beer?

More importantly, is it dangerous to leave the Star-San and OxyClean combination in my 304 Stainless Steel keg for more than a few hours?

Thanks so much for your help.

/RyLO

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Conserving/Storing Starsan
« on: August 13, 2010, 10:22:54 AM »
Thanks everyone for the responses -- I will be using distilled water to mix up my StarSan next weekend!

One more question -- several people have commented that they store cleaning or sanitizing solutions in their beer lines and then flush them with hot water.... this might be obvious, but how do you keep the line filled such that the liquid just doesn't fall back into the keg?

Must you raise your keg up higher than the faucet so that gravity doesn't drive the liquid back down into the keg?

Thanks!!

/RyLO

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Kegging and Bottling / Conserving/Storing Starsan
« on: August 11, 2010, 01:33:31 PM »
Hello everyone,

I have just recently converted to Starsan for my sanitizing needs and was wondering if this strategy would work to conserve Starsan:

1.  Mix up 5 gallons of Starsan solution and use to sanitize equipment, utensils, and primary fermenter (6.5 gal. carboy) on brew day.

2.  Pour the 5 gallons of Starsan solution out of the primary fermenter and into the secondary fermenter (5 gal. carboy) and seal secondary fermenter with plug.

3.  When it's time to rack the beer to the secondary, pour the Starsan solution into the keg... let sit for several minutes and then push the solution through the beer line to sanitize the line.

4.  Rack beer into keg, pressurize, etc.

My question is if the Starsan will stay effective through this entire process or if will go bad after a certain amount of time.  I read somewhere that if Starsan is sealed off from the air it will remain effective, so I was hoping that if I stored it in the sealed secondary fermenter it would be OK.

I appreciate your input.

/RyLO

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: keg & beer line cleaning
« on: July 25, 2010, 07:21:34 AM »
Thank you everyone for the information...

When using OxiClean or PBW for cleaning the keg, do you just let it soak overnight and do you have to fill the keg all the way with solution?

I don't have my next batch of beer ready to keg yet and was also wondering should I just rinse out the keg for now and do the soak overnight with OxiClean or PBW the day before I keg the next batch?  I'm assuming that would take care of the cleaning and the sanitizing needed?

Also, regarding the BLC for cleaning the beer lines -- do you recommend a hand pump to push the solution through, or just putting the solution in the keg and pushing it through with CO2 for several minutes?  Should I use the BLC to clean the inside of the shank and faucet as well, or only the line?

Thank you very much for the help!

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Kegging and Bottling / keg & beer line cleaning
« on: July 24, 2010, 08:38:52 AM »
Hey all,

I'm new to the forums but have been browsing around and there is a lot of great information here...

I just kicked my first keg of homebrew and was wondering what is the best method and cleaner for cleaning the keg?

Also, what is the best method and chemical/cleaner for cleaning out the beer line, shank, and faucet?

Thanks!

/RyLO

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