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Old 09-01-2008, 03:49 PM   #1
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I will be doing my first AG brew next weekend and I have a 10g stainless pot I will be using to make a 5-gal batch. I will be boiling my brew outside using a propane cooker on the patio. I have a wort chiller and initially planned to bring it inside and hook the chiller up to the kitchen faucet to let it cool. I then realized I may not be able to get that pot inside (painful lower back at the moment). I'm also a bit wary about trying to move 5+gallons of near boiling wort. I was concerned about chilling outside due to bugs, dirt etc and also I am in Florida so the temp will be about 90 degrees which will not help. If my wife is home, I'd feel better about both of us being able to get it inside, but I am not going to do it by myself. What is the best way to handle this??

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Old 09-01-2008, 04:00 PM   #2
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I cool outside with every batch. Before I cool I just shut the garage door. Once I get the chiller into the pot I put a towel over it. Never had a problem.

You think that will be a problem. 5gal in a 10gal pot. I boil 5.5gal in a 6.5gallon

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I boil 5.5gal in a 6.5gallon
+1, and I carry it from the burner to the sink by my self....Wouldn't reccomend that to anyone though.

If you are not comfortable carrying it, just cool it where it is...it's way better than a trip to the hospital.

And like Arneba said....it won't hurt anything.
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+1, and I carry it from the burner to the sink by my self....Wouldn't reccomend that to anyone though.

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Yeah I have to carry from the kitchen, Down a hall, down a half flight of stairs and out into the garage. Not fun.
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I leave it in the garage but use the lid to keep as much of it covered as I can.

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I cool every batch outside, with the lid on as tightly as possible with the chiller sticking out. 30+ batches and never an infection.

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I cool every batch outside, with the lid on as tightly as possible with the chiller sticking out. 30+ batches and never an infection.
Me too. I do all of the work outside and keep sanitized cleanup rags over all the open areas.
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I was concerned about chilling outside due to bugs, dirt etc and also I am in Florida so the temp will be about 90 degrees which will not help.
I always chill outside; no problems thus far.
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+1 for partial covering with the lid. If you are truly paranoid cut some slots in the lid for your chiller to stick out.

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Old 09-03-2008, 03:26 AM   #10
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I brew outside in my screened-in porch in central FL and have never had a problem. Carrying the carboy inside, that's a problem.

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