I am WAY too claustrophobic to ever be able to do anything like that.
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I would *think* it's still sanitary, but I would sanitize it again anyway. For me, there's a lot of benefit for very little work.
Just following what I have read dude......
Strong: Brewing Better Beer, Troubleshooting. Sulphury: ".........Reduce it's formation during fermentation by increasing yeast nutrients in wort, increasing lipids, increasing aeration, having healthy, active yeast, and removing hot and cold break and trub."
Goldammer: The Brewer's Handbook, Chapter 12-Wort Cooling and Aeration, Removal of Cold Break.
"After the wort is cooled, the cold break must be removed before fermentation, or else the beer will taste wort-like, bitter, and even harsh. Opinions vary as to whether cold break should be removed at all before transferring the wort to the fermenter.
Traditional lager brewers advocate the removal of cold break prior to fermentation, and some even filter cold worts prior to pitching (14). Lager brewers believe cold break removal aids in colloidal stability in the beer, circumvents the formation of sulfury flavors, and removes harsh bitter fractions derived from hops."
When I started lagering, my first 2-3 really sucked, so I did a LOT of research as to why. Now, they are pretty darn good!
Do they use the same yeast that they fermented with, or a different strain?
It's pretty amazing that their bottle conditioned beers are that bright and sediment free. They definetly have their stuff together!
Related question: does piloncillo add much in the way of flavor if used as the priming sugar?
DO NOT put the bottle of propane in your basement. Run a line from the outside and keep the bottle outside. Also, remember that you will need somewhere to vent in fresh outside air to make up that lost through the vent.
My yeast was 5 days past the Use By Date. I should have probably taken that into account and made the starter earlier.
Just thought of something else. If you had a lot of cold break transfer to the fermenter, you may not want to keep it in primary that long as it can produce sulphur.
Never heard that before. What is the reference?