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Old 03-29-2013, 04:31 PM   #1
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Default Great/Easy way to cool your wort

I can't be the first one to think of this, but thought I'd share anyway. A few days before brewing I put a gallon jug of Arrowhead in the freezer. When it came time to cool my wort, I sat the jug in a pot of warm IO Star solution to unstick the ice from the jug, then cut the jug away from the ice with sanitized scissors. In went the ice into the wort, I sat and stirred it a bit, and within maybe 15 minutes the ice was melted and my wort was down below 90°.

Combine wort with water in carboy up to 5 gal and I was ready to pitch. No wasted water, no time spent crouched over ice-filled bathtub, no immersion chiller necessary. Worked incredibly well.

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Old 03-29-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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Don't worry, you're not the only one to have done this.

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I've been looking at the Rapi-Kool soup chillers. They are made to cool large pots of soup/stock in restaurants and could easily be pulled from the freezer to a Star-San bath to sanitize before going in the wort. They seem to be a bit pricy and since I've only been doing 2.5 gallon BIAB, a ice bath in the sink while stirring brings the temp down to 70-80 in about 20 minutes with one refill of ice.



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