Changing the collection ball while lagering

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  1. HuvBrauHaus

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    I'm using a FastFerment conical, 7.9 gallon. Typically I empty the collection ball after 7-10 days when brewing ales. I'm now making my first lager. Should I still empty the collection ball to remove the sediment after the primary fermentation is complete or should I leave it in place since the lager yeast is a bottom fermenting yeast?
     
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    I believe the “bottom” in the expression comes from people collecting yeast adapted to cold temps from the botttom of the fermenter in the Alps in the 15th century. I don’t think it means that yeast out of suspension and sunk in trub is playing a starring role in your fermentation. If your goal is to get your lager off the trub for months of cold lagering, I don’t think anyone would hesitate to either remove the sediment from the bottom outlet valve of the cone or simply transferring to a secondary fermentor, or both. Someone with more than a few lagers in conical fermentors will probably be of more help.
     

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