Originally Posted by ZombieBrew83
This is basically how I chill my wort. I tweaked my method as I went along to perfect it. Since I live in an apartment without a utility sink, an IC or CFC is not an option. I freeze about a gallon and a half of boiled water in sanitized containers then add ice as needed to hot wort to reach ~70F. Usually cools the wort down in about 10 minutes. I get good cold break and have not had issues with infection or hot side aeration yet.
What containers are you using??
I think I might switch to this method, as 10 minutes is awfully sweet, IMHO.... plus the containers could potentially be full of backup water that's already been sterilized (if you need it).
The idea of putting ice cubes in the bucket seems ok to me, but I'd prefer all the water to have an equally dense portion of my isomerized hops oils. Mmm...mmm.. GOOD!!