Since we're on the subject. Is cold crashing considered yeast abuse? Guilty!
Some time ago I caught a Brew Strong episode where Jamil said that he read a study while working on his yeast calculator that chilling rapidly causes yeast to express 30% more esters. He didn't reference the study. I vaguely remember us talking it up here on the forum with many folks agreeing and some disagreeing. I was in the disagree side but admit that it could be my lack of detection skills.
Just recently I heard him reference this study again on a Jamil Show episode. He still didn't reference the study, but he did provide some additional info about it. Someone asked him how fast is too fast and he said that the study claimed you can chill 2F per hour without getting any negative effect.
So, when I cold crash, there are two 6 gallon batches in my temp controlled chest freezer and I simply change the setting to 30F. It takes at least 24 hrs for the steadily running chest freezer to drop from 72F (ale final temp) to 30. 42 degrees in 24 hrs is less than 2F per minute. With lagers, 68F D rest to 30 is only 38F in 24 hrs. Apparently I'm not detecting extra esters because even when I let er buck I'm not chilling fast enough to get greater than 2F per hour.
Proof that sometimes a little info = worrying about nothing.