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The stage after primary fermentation where the beer is clarified, stabilized and matured. After conditioning, the beer is ready for packaging.

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Does cold crashing have a negative impact?

According to "How to Brew" by John Palmer (4th ed.), cold conditioning (a.k.a. lagering) is the act of cooling beer after fermentation has completed (including maturation) in order to clarify the beer....
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How long does clarification take given a refrigerator temperature level cold crash?

In this question defining cold crashing, there is some discussion of ramping the temperature down slowly over a long time, but then says quicker cold crashing is possible if the beer has already ...
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Bringing Cold Crashed Beer to Room Temperature

So I cold crashed and force carbed a saison recently, but after trying a glass I realized that it might be a little young and too funky. I took the keg out of the fridge and let it warm to room ...
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First time brewing with Mr. Beer

First attempt at home brew. Not sure what to look for. My brewing time line so far is: 28 days in fermenter tank. Bottled at room temp for 36 days. Put in fridge yesterday, 24 hours refrigerated ...
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Conditioning and storing beer at temperatures around -5°C

I am bottle-conditioning and storing beer in a storage room with temperatures reaching as low as -5°C (significantly below the freezing temperature of water). There are few sudden changes in ...
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The holidays are messing up the bottling schedule

I brewed up the Grapefruit Sultan from Midwest on 12/7 and I'm facing a bottling predicament. As it stands fermentation is complete and the yeast are just cleaning up. No plans to secondary, and I'll ...
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Co2 bulbs and holders

I'm thinking of buying a CO2 bulb and holder to fit a 25 litre keg. I have the right cap to fit one. Am I right in thinking the only purpose is to stop air ingress through the tap (that would cause ...
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Post-fermentation Belgian Pale Ale

I'm brewing a Belgian Pale Ale on Monday (12). It's my first time and using BeerSmith has been of great help. These last few days have filled me with a whole lot of doubts though. After fermantation ...
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Kolsch on a low floc yeast

G'day all - a question on brightness and clarity. I've started fermenting a kolsch using Wyeast 1007, which doesn't floc easily. I intend to fix this by adding finings at the start of the ...
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Fermenting/Conditioning Longer When Kegging

I'm getting ready to try kegging for the first time and I'm wondering how much conditioning time might be lost in the process (assuming the keg is refrigerated and force-carbonated immediately after ...
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Making a shandy.

Looking for information on adding citrus (lime, lemon, grapefruit, etc) juice at kegging to make a shandy. I have made several fruit beers by adding fruit juice, actual fruit, zest, and even flavored ...
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Beer tasted bitter at kegging time, best leave at room temp?

I made a coopers classic IPA beer kit with a hop tea (about 5min boil), tin of light malt extract and 500g of light spray malt. I forgot to add water to the airlock in the first 4 days of fermentation ...
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Where tanins are good in beers?

Although tanin gives an unpleasant astringent effect in beers, in wines - also, but - it is known as antioxidant and protector against UV light. So, in beers can tanins also be welcome at least ...
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Slight green apple taste: barrel vs bottle

A curious thing has happened, twice now, and I was wondering if anyone has either experienced something similar, or has any suggestions as to a possible why. I have done two (almost) identical full ...
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Heating after fermentation?

What's the general consensus on leaving a heat source turned on after fermentation has complete? I'm doing an Imperial IPA which should finish fermenting in 4-5 days going by previous experience with ...
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Can I cold condition outdoors?

I live in an apartment with a tiny fridge and I cannot afford to use all the space for beer bottles. The average daily high temperature in the region is 6 deg C (42F) while the lows drop down to 1C (...
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Bottle conditioning mistake

So after two weeks of primary and secondary fermentation, I racked my beer and put it in the fridge by mistake. It has been in there for about 5 days. It's my first brew. I took them out and put them ...
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Maturation temperature (when SG stabilizes)

Some guys recommend to increase the temperature once the fermentation finished, and so, "start" the maturation in a higher temperature. Others say the inverse, to reduce the temperature. I already ...
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How long to mature and clear with Top Tap Barrel?

Once, initial and secondary fermentation are complete, how long should the barrel be left to clear and mature? I understand that with a bottom tap barrel you have to wait for the entire, barrel to ...
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Sediment in my bottles

How do I condition my lager so it minimal sedimentary deposits I am new to this and have tried only sugar
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Kegging Vs Bottling in regards to Conditioning

I recently started kegging, roughly 6 batches ago. Initially I would keg two batches and place them in the refridgerator, waiting two weeks for them to carbonate "naturally" (as opposed to "forced" ...
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Conditioning kegged carbonated beer

Is there any difference in conditioning beer in a force carbonated keg vs a secondary? This is under the assumption that both the keg and secondary hold ales and are sitting at about room temperature....
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After a beer reaches its final gravity, how long does the conditioning step take?

I have been in the habit of leaving my beers in their primary fermenter for three weeks across the board, which is a significant amount of time longer than their primary fermentation usually takes. My ...
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Bottle conditioning

More reading - this time about bottle conditioning. If my yeast attenuation level is say 80%, does that mean there would be enough sugars in the bottle for the yeast to carb the beer? Or would priming ...
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Longer time on yeast for a bigger beer?

I ferment all my beers single stage in a glass carboy immersed in a water bath to maintain temperature. This is the first time I've made a bigger beer (this one started at 1.080) on this system. I ...
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Does temperature during bottle conditioning effect the flavour?

I made a Weis beer and my primary fermentation temp was 19C. After 2 weeks I mixed priming sugar into my beer and bottled it. I then conditioned the bottles for a week at 21C. I know when in primary ...
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What is the benefit of long fermentations/leaving beer on yeast for weeks?

I know the 'general' answers: "it allows the yeast to 'clean up' compounds", "it allows the beer to 'condition'", "it allows the flavors to come together", none of which I am satisfied with. My ...
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How foolish is it to try to make up for my tripel's shortish secondary by bottle conditioning it longer?

I'm attempting to brew a wide variety of beers (both 2.5 & 5 gallon batches depending on style) in a shortish time span in order to serve at a family reunion in the summer, and now it looks like I ...
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How long should I condition an IPA?

I boiled an IPA last weekend, and am getting ready to rack it to a secondary, for dry hopping. I understand the 1-2-3 rule (and follow it regularly, with good results). Is two weeks sufficient for 1....
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Interruption of Lagering

Does an interruption in lagering, or swing in temperature effect a beer? My issue is, I only have one fridge available for lagering, which doubles as my fermentation fridge. Asked differently, if I ...
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Premature Kegging - leave batch in keg or rack to carboy?

I kegged a batch of hefeweizen on Sunday morning and force carbonated. My all-grain recipe was a combination of several that I found online, but largely an original creation. The plan was to leave the ...
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Corny Real Ale?

I am interested in learning some of the intricacies associated with 'real ale'. I realize that out in industry, this is done in large stainless steel (or aluminum?) barrels with special corks etc etc ...
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Temperature Swings While Bottle Conditioning/Carbonating

I brewed a GLBC Christmas Ale Clone in November, trying (futilely) to have it ready for Xmas Eve. Had it in bottles two weeks before, but to no avail. As this beer finished up around 9.3%abv, the ...
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How long should a Belgian Strong Dark Ale be aged?

How long should a clone of Gulden Draak be aged before comparing it to the real stuff? Our club is trying to get our clone recipe as close as possible, so want to tweak the recipe to get it closer to ...
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Is re-pitching essential after cold crashing?

If I'm cold crashing a batch to clear it up, is it essential to re-pitch when bottling or will there be sufficient residual yeast for carbonation?
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Is it possible to bottle condition without sediment?

I've recently been reading the labels a bit more on one of my favourite beers and have discovered that the brewers bottle condition their Pale Ale. Yet it's sold with no signs of any flocculated ...
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Covering your beer during conditioning…??

My first batch is conditioning at room temp right now. I used brown bottles, but threw in a few greens and two cleat just for experimentation..... I have them in a fairly dark room but also covered ...
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Beginner Conditioning Question

Probably a stupid question, but..... After I bottle and cap the beer do I store the beer in the fridge? Dark but No Fridge? I think I have done a decent job so far, and would hate to FUBAR everything ...
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first time racking and bottling…

Just wondering if you guys have any suggestions, tips or ideas? According to the directions in the kit I got you basically mix in the bottling sugars, bottle, cap and wait a few weeks. Basically I am ...
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Cold Conditioning in carboy vs keg

I have a wheat and a golden ale, both in 5 gal carboys, that have been in secondary fermentation for 2 weeks. I was planning on letting them settle for another week and then transferring them to kegs ...
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Any difference between lagering dubbel at 36F versus 45-50F?

I have a Belgian Dubbel bottle conditioning, the recipe for which came from Brewing Classic Styles. For this recipe, Jamil says to carbonate the beer, then lager for one month at 45-50F. I have the ...
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What is the impact of a second d-rest after 3 weeks of lagering?

We have brewed a number of ales, but recently tried our hand at a pilsner. After 8 days of fermenting at around 52 degrees F, we brought the pilsner up for a 2-day diacetyl rest at around 68 degrees. ...
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How long is too long to condition a beer in secondary without having to pitch bottling yeast?

How long is too long to condition a beer in secondary without having to pitch bottling yeast? What factors do I need to consider when deciding whether or not to pitch yeast at bottling?
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Should I shake bottles during conditioning?

I've got a batch of beer which was bottled last Saturday and a friend insisted I should shake them to assist in the conditioning. He couldn't offer any particular reason, so I was curious if/when it ...
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What is cold crashing?

What is cold crashing? When is it done? How long does it take? Best temperature to make it happen?
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Old Brown “sour belgian”

I have an Belgian sour that has been in it's secondary for 18 months. With a terminal gravity of 1010 for over the last year, what is the best way to bottle condition this beer? New yeast? Blend?
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Does krausening make for faster conditioning?

After reading this article on krausening, I began to wonder about using it to speed up the production of big beers. The article states that introducing fresh, active yeast will "clean up" the beer. ...
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cold conditioning saison then bottle conditioning

I brewed a high gravity (1080) saison and am planning on cold conditioning it in secondary at 32 degrees x 2 weeks, then bottle conditioning it. I am wonder will the cold conditioning make all my ...
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Secondary or Bottles

I currently have a stout (my 2nd home brew) in a secondary fermentor (glass carboy). Once it reaches FG, what are the advantages/disadvantages of leaving it in the secondary to condition vs bottling ...
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Keeping a bottle of no-rinse sanitiser

Some sanitisers, like star-san, chemipro oxi and betadine are no-rinse in certain dilutions. Star-san can additionaly be kept diluted in a bottle for months and used whenever one wishes. Can the same ...