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Old 08-05-2014, 11:48 PM   #21
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Thanks for the video. I tried that set up with a drill powered pump. But it was a pain in the ass. I'll probably go the route you did thanks for the help.


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Old 08-06-2014, 12:06 AM   #22
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Don't mean to hijack this thread but I was wondering if this idea would work. Could you put a smaller pot/container (sanitized) into the wort in the bigger kettle and fill that with ice (or already have it filled with ice) and at the same time have the bigger kettle in a water/ice bath? I want to cool my wort down without wasting so much water.

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Don't mean to hijack this thread but I was wondering if this idea would work. Could you put a smaller pot/container (sanitized) into the wort in the bigger kettle and fill that with ice (or already have it filled with ice) and at the same time have the bigger kettle in a water/ice bath? I want to cool my wort down without wasting so much water.
I used to do that or something similar but it was still taking up to an hour to chill the wort to 80F. Before I started using the system I have now I was considering adding rock salt to the outside ice bath to get the water below freezing but not sure if it would do any good. These methods work great for partial mash or extract but are a real challenge for all grain brews especially in warm climates.

Although the way I do it is more of a hassle, I don't waste any water. All the water I use goes right into the washing machine until the next load of laundry. You'll be surprised how much water one load uses.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:38 AM   #24
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If you're concerned about wasting water just chill with your immersion chiller until the rate of chill slows, transfer to your fermenter, seal and stick it in the fridge. It will take hours, but you won't waste water. Most brewers are more concerned about minimizing chill time...


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I want the faster chill time as well. I'm also very tight on space so I left my immersion chiller in storage back home. I am a medical traveler so I am in a new place every 3-6 months. My wife and I have to pack everything into a Hyundai Santa Fe. I have another small mixing bowl (stainless) that I could but ice into and put that into the 4 gallon brew pot that is in an ice bath. I would do the fridge thing but I would be afraid I would bring up the temp of the food into bacteria range ( even at a modest wort temp range) but maybe not. The washing machine idea is great and when we finally settle down that might be the best option.
The regular cool water to ice bath is taking me about 40 minutes to cool down my wort from boiling to 62 degrees. That is with me adding cold water and stirring the wort every so often. The water temp in the current place is about 62 out of the tap. Just wondering, would like to knock about 20 minutes off that time. I might try it on my next brew. I'm thinking of something like a hop spider but with maybe some removable thin stainless steel cylinders that you could fill with ice and switch out once the ice melts.

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I want the faster chill time as well. I'm also very tight on space so I left my immersion chiller in storage back home. I am a medical traveler so I am in a new place every 3-6 months. My wife and I have to pack everything into a Hyundai Santa Fe. I have another small mixing bowl (stainless) that I could but ice into and put that into the 4 gallon brew pot that is in an ice bath. I would do the fridge thing but I would be afraid I would bring up the temp of the food into bacteria range ( even at a modest wort temp range) but maybe not. The washing machine idea is great and when we finally settle down that might be the best option.
The regular cool water to ice bath is taking me about 40 minutes to cool down my wort from boiling to 62 degrees. That is with me adding cold water and stirring the wort every so often. The water temp in the current place is about 62 out of the tap. Just wondering, would like to knock about 20 minutes off that time. I might try it on my next brew. I'm thinking of something like a hop spider but with maybe some removable thin stainless steel cylinders that you could fill with ice and switch out once the ice melts.
I used 3 aluminum drink containers with threaded caps. I would fill them 3/4 or so with water and freeze with the cap off. When chilling, I put the caps on put them in the middle of my chiller and swirled the wort on the outside. With the hassle of trying to keep them from floating all over, it didn't work well for me and I didn't have much luck reducing chill times. Maybe if I could have secured them better I may have had better luck.
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