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Old 11-06-2008, 07:20 PM   #1
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I'm going to use a very top of the line professional heavy gaudge stainless steel pot as my brew kettle. I'm going to do the fill the sink with ice and place pot of boiling wort into ice method to cool it down. Will I be running a risk of cracking the pot?

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Old 11-06-2008, 07:30 PM   #2
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You shouldn't, especially if it's a big/heavy pot.

You've got a ton of thermal mass going in that ice, the temp is not going to drop as fast as you would think. You'll probably end up with a sink full of warm water and wort that's still to hot, based on my experience.

I'd fill your sink with cold tap water, insert pot, let sit a few, drain and repeat. Do this a few times to get the wort down the first few degrees. Save the ice for that troublesome patch from "warm" to "cool". Using this method I've found it goes a lot faster than using up all my ice right away.

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And if you're going to be topping up with water, it helps to freeze some brew water the night before. Then you can drop a big ice cube right into your wort.

When I made mine, I did that. Two small plastic containers about 80% full gave me just enough ice to drop the temp quick. I had a third that I probably could've used, but the first two gave me such a big drop that I was nervous about getting the wort too cold.

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And if you're going to be topping up with water, it helps to freeze some brew water the night before. Then you can drop a big ice cube right into your wort.

When I made mine, I did that. Two small plastic containers about 80% full gave me just enough ice to drop the temp quick. I had a third that I probably could've used, but the first two gave me such a big drop that I was nervous about getting the wort too cold.
What do you mean when you say "brew water"? Do you mean water that I use use to brew with? Do I need to boil first (to sanatize) then freeze?
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What do you mean when you say "brew water"? Do you mean water that I use use to brew with? Do I need to boil first (to sanatize) then freeze?
Treat it exactly how you would water you top your beer up with. I used bottled spring water for mine. Some folks boil and/or filter tap water. Some are satisfied with it right out of the tap. However you do it, just use water that's the same as what you'd put into your wort othewise.
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Perfect, thanks!

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T Some are satisfied with it right out of the tap. However you do it, just use water that's the same as what you'd put into your wort othewise.
At least boil your tap water to get the chlorine out.
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Definately. Even if you don't have chlorine in your water, I'd boil it.

Just saying that different people brew different ways.

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What if I use distilled water? Or does the yeast need the minerals in the tap water?

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What if I use distilled water? Or does the yeast need the minerals in the tap water?
You can use distilled water if you are doing an extract-based beer. There should already be minerals in the extract from the process of making the malt extract for the yeast.

If you are doing all-grain, you won't want to use distilled water because of lack of minerals in the water (I assume you are using primarily malt extract.).
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