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Beer Tip - Cold Conditioning

Posted by Paul, September 26th, 2016 | 0 Comments

Cold conditioning is the process of holding finished ale at low temperatures (close to freezing) for several days.  Fermentation activity ceases and the yeast drops out of suspension, leaving a clear beer with a smooth flavour.  In effect, it gracefully ages the beer, leaving it much more stable over time.

Both lagering and conditioning are best accomplished in a fridge dedicated to beer.  External thermostats can easily convert an old fridge or chest freezer to a beer cooler.  Remember the temperature not only needs to be cold, it must also be steady.  Fluctuating temperatures can make the yeast produce off flavours, spoiling the beer.

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