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Old 10-16-2009, 02:22 PM   #1
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I usually put a big grill pan in the freezer at the beginning of the brew day.
then I pour the sample, about 150ml / 5 oz , into the cold pan and put it back in the fridge. since these pans are made out of thick iron they have a hi thermal mass , plus the ridges giving more contact surface to help chill faster.



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Old 10-16-2009, 05:55 PM   #2
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I put the hot wort in a coffee mug, then put the mug in a bowl of cool water. After a minute, switch out the water, add ice, and place in the fridge.



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Old 10-16-2009, 07:36 PM   #3
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I usually put a big grill pan in the freezer at the beginning of the brew day.
then I pour the sample, about 150ml / 5 oz , into the cold pan and put it back in the fridge. since these pans are made out of thick iron they have a hi thermal mass , plus the ridges giving more contact surface to help chill faster.
+1 except I use a metal pie pan and stick it back in the freezer after adding the wort. It only takes a few minutes to get it down to temperature.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:30 AM   #4
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I'm just now building my MLT so I'm not all grain yet, but I was thinking about this the other day.

What about keeping a few metal table knifes in the freezer and putting a couple in your hydro test jar with the hot wort? Seams like there would be enough thermal mass and surface area to be effective. Anyone tried it?

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Old 10-19-2009, 01:00 PM   #5
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I just pour it into a beer glass and set the beer glass in my bucket of starsan. Since I only make a couple gallons it does cover the glass and brings it down to room temp pretty quick and I don't have to worry about overchilling the sample.

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Old 10-19-2009, 01:16 PM   #6
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I pour the sample into a bucket and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Since the layer of wort on the bottom of the bucket is very thin, it cools quickly.

In the winter, I have to watch it -- I've frozen hydrometer samples this way.



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