[quote=“pete_brewer”]Thanks for the quick and very useful replies Much appreciated!
I’ve used s-05 for the brew for what it’s worth, don’t have any left so I’ll try to see (curious) whether the cold crashing helps and then bottle. If it does not work (any better) than I’ll know I can skip next time.
I did buy some whirlfloc in my next order to see whether that helps. I like my beer clear
S-05 is pretty much the only yeast I ever use for ales. It does indeed take a while to settle out, and cold crashing helps speed it up for sure. Gelatin really helps it along if you want super clear beer. Even with using gelatin and letting it cold condition in the secondary for several weeks, I have never had a single carbonation issue, and have never had to add any additional yeast. Just leave your bottles at room temperature for a couple of weeks, and they will carb right up sir.
As far as whirlfloc goes, I use it in almost every brew I make. There is definitely a huge difference in the cold break you get in the boiling kettle with whirlfloc. You just have to make sure you whirlpool your wort after it’s cooled down. I just use a spoon to get it swirling around rapidly, and let it sit with the lid on for 20 minutes. Then I siphon the wort into my carboy from the side of the kettle, as the whirpooling leaves all the cold break material and hop remnants in the center of the boiling kettle in a cone looking pile.
In the few batches I’ve brewed without whirlfloc, it most definitely took a lot longer to clear up my beer, and required gelatin to get it completely clear.