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Old 01-21-2013, 06:22 PM   #21
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I find it stressful as well, and as you know here in MN - its damn cold. I brew in the garage and don't really know what to do with the draining water from the chiller...ice rink in the front yard?? Getting the water back into the house is what I did last week - it was a nightmare - every 5 mins running in with a 5G bucket. Even in the summer - stirring the wort to get efficient temperature reductions is a pain, and the chiller never fits properly into the keggle with the dip tube and thermo in the way. Was thinking of no-chill for winter use, and perhaps a plate chiller for other times. seems way easier.

For those stating that you could not pour boiling wort into glass or plastic - this is true - to a point. The vessels that I see people use for no-chill are designed to take temps that high. CLearly a better bottle would just melt and you could have a dangerous break with a glass carboy. Use the proper vessel and your good I imagine.

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Old 01-22-2013, 02:54 AM   #22
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Ide be afraid of cracking a carboy... I just use the plate chiller, takes it down to 70 in one pass.

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Old 01-22-2013, 03:47 AM   #23
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I find it stressful as well, and as you know here in MN - its damn cold.
As cold as it is in MN, I would put a lid on the kettle and roll w/ it, and let it chill, It won't take that long, and your wort won't get infected...transfer to a sanitized fermenter in the morning and pitch lots of yeast. It doesn't have to be that difficult! Try it and you will be pleasantly surprised!

OMG hauling all your chilling water back in the house, that is free fitness club, what a pain in the a$$.

If I lived in MN and had a basement...I would get a simple electric element and add it to a pot, or use a heatstick and brew in the basement.
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Already chatting with my wife on converting the basement (finished with a kitchen area) into an electric set up.

I will try a no-chill this weekend!

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