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Old 03-20-2012, 11:27 AM   #1
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Default Getting wort down to temp

I find with using the IC it takes about 20-30 mins to get sit down to 70-80 degrees with a lot of water so I started filling a 5 gal cooler with ice writer and running that through the IC to save a bunch of water. Now I am wondering if I could run the wort through the IC, while it sits in ice water like a jockey box works or like a plate chiller. Does anyone do this? Is it bad to run hot wort through freezing water, and will it cool it down with just one pass?

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Old 03-20-2012, 11:36 AM   #2
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Depends how long the coil is. Plate chillers and counterflow chillers chill a small amount of wort in a matter of seconds. Try stirring the hot wort over the coils. Can make a huge difference.

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Old 03-20-2012, 03:17 PM   #3
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I guess a counter flow chiller would probably be the best bet to cool it to temp in one pass but then I have an extra IC. I stir it and all, just would like to turn a valve and fill the fermenter with cool wort.

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Old 03-20-2012, 04:18 PM   #4
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Stir the wort in the opposite direction of the water flowing through the IC. That will help increase your heat transfer between the wort and the water.

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Chilled NOW!

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Old 03-20-2012, 05:11 PM   #6
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I have a very small IC; 20' of 1/4" copper. It was purchased very cheap when I was doing 3 gal batches; now that I am doing 5 gal batches, it takes forever & uses a lot of water. What I did on my last batch was chill to 100°, rack to my Better Bottle, installed air lock, & placed on my basement floor with a fan blowing on it. Six hrs later it was at pitching temps. I hope this works; it saved water & allowed me to start clean up earlier, rather than stand there stirring.

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