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Old 10-04-2007, 02:34 PM   #1
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I brewed an APA and Porter last night and had a blast. I knew ahead of time that I would only have the equipment to cool one batch and not the other. So, I am allowing the APA to cool on its own over the course of 24 hours and then I will pitch the yeast. I know I am risking infection, but oh well, lets call it an experiment. Hope it turns out good, and if it doesn't, I will probably drink it anyway!

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Why?! Just cool the one batch and then the other...

With an immersion chiller you chill one, sanitize it, and chill the other; heck I don't even know if you'd need to sanitize between the two since its just going from beer to beer. Couldn't be any worse than letting one stand for 24 hours...

Without any special equipment you could cool them both in half hour-hour. Ice-water bath works like a charm, unless you are doing full boils I guess... I still do 3 gallon boils and use the icebath method 90% of the time.

If you insist on risking it, make sure you at least let the lid on the entire time and you should be OK.

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I did it for a couple reasons. Most importantly, it got LATE and I needed to get up early for work. Also, I thought it might be something different to try.

I left the lid on and intend to pitch when I get home tonight. I was a little nervous at first but then I figured that it really isn't a big deal.

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Why not pitch before you went to work?

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Why not pitch before you went to work?
Well, it was still warm (I could have run the chiller real quick) but I figured what the hell. If the beer turns out ok, then I have increased my knowledge of an unfermented beers capablities. And if the beer mutates into an infected monster, then I have increased my knowledge of an unfermented beers capabilities.

Either way, it is what it is, and worst case scenario I lose $20 in grain.
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Well, it was still warm (I could have run the chiller real quick) but I figured what the hell. If the beer turns out ok, then I have increased my knowledge of an unfermented beers capablities. And if the beer mutates into an infected monster, then I have increased my knowledge of an unfermented beers capabilities.

Either way, it is what it is, and worst case scenario I lose $20 in grain.

And several hours of brewing...
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And several hours of brewing...
Very true, but I also mentioned that I brewed two batches, so I have a porter in the primary. And who here doesn't enjoy an evening spent on a brew session having a few cold ones?
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Very true, but I also mentioned that I brewed two batches, so I have a porter in the primary. And who here doesn't enjoy an evening spent on a brew session having a few cold ones?
I love a good evening of brewing as much as the next guy, but I'd much rather end with 4 cases of beer than 2 at the end of it all, especially given the amount of effort that goes into doing two batches at the same time. But you'll be fine, that batch'll do just fine.
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And who here doesn't enjoy an evening spent on a brew session having a few cold ones?
ME! ok thats a lie...

What is it sitting in? The brewpot? Some guys from Austrailia were doing this over the summer if I remember, wasn't it Kadmium? He was putting it into a big plastic Jerry Can type thing and sticking it in the fridge I think bc of the water shortages.

Hope it works out
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What is it sitting in?
It is still in the brewpot with the lid on. I hope it turns out as well, but if it doesn't then I have a reason to brew again real soon. At least that will be whta I tell SWMBO
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