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Old 11-02-2012, 02:48 PM   #11
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you really want it cold you can do one of two things. fill a cooler with ice water and a pump. pump ice water through the IC. that will get it cooler faster. or my personal favorite, pump ice water through a ic into a CFC! might get it so cold you will have to heat it up to pitch the yeast! LOL when the water temp is 85 here in the summer i place my old ic into a bucket of ice water and run the ground water through that to cool it down prior to going into the cfc. i have done the swamp bath and it just makes things more humid in my basement than i need.

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Adding ice to wort is fine if you are needing to top up an extract batch. Not so good if you are boiling a full batch.

I'd probably be leery of using any plastic not food grade or designed for high heat. If water conservation is not a big concern, an Immersion Chiller is not expensive or hard to build. If water is a concern, there are lots of people who do No Chill brewing and like it.

I'd probably choose one of those two options over plastic bags.

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Old 11-02-2012, 04:21 PM   #13
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Too many people on here trying to re-invent the wheel. It is what it is. You gotta either ice bath it or use some sort of chiller.
*cough* No chill brewing. *cough*
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:31 PM   #14
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you really want it cold you can do one of two things. fill a cooler with ice water and a pump. pump ice water through the IC. that will get it cooler faster. or my personal favorite, pump ice water through a ic into a CFC! might get it so cold you will have to heat it up to pitch the yeast! LOL when the water temp is 85 here in the summer i place my old ic into a bucket of ice water and run the ground water through that to cool it down prior to going into the cfc. i have done the swamp bath and it just makes things more humid in my basement than i need.
If you REALLY want it cold, chill some acetone with dry ice then pump the acetone through the immersion chiller. You should be able to hit -40. Enjoy your wort-sicle!
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:34 PM   #15
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Plate chiller or immersion chiller, and honestly, you're done. It's just not THAT expensive, and it's so much easier as to be entirely silly.

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for what you are paying in ice and bags you could build an immersion chiller. if you dont know how check out the DIY section. but i would not put plastic in my beer. it will really jack it up. the best thing to do IMHO is run a counterflow chiller if you keep it clean. if you need help with making a chiller pm me, i can make you one and send it to you for cost rather than you possibly having some nasty chemicals in your brew.
I know how to make it . I just thought this would work so I tried it. I was a bit concerned about the heat and the plastic bag. Am hoping no bad tastes come from it . Should have thought out that chemical leaching a bit better .
thanks for the reply and offer of help
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If you REALLY want it cold, chill some acetone with dry ice then pump the acetone through the immersion chiller. You should be able to hit -40. Enjoy your wort-sicle!
Acetone do get cold . Now about that acetone and dry ice ...just what have you been up to lately ? ..don't answer that .
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*cough* No chill brewing. *cough*
I was in a hurry . then I thought .... What would Jesus do ? I better ask ...
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:48 PM   #19
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I hope you didn't use the kind of trash bag that has scent to mask the garbage odor. I've done similar things with good success, though. I used to put sterile water in food safe, heat safe plastic jugs and freeze it. Then before using, I'd sanitize the jugs in iodophor solution and put it in the kettle. Never had any problems and cooled the wort much faster than the ice bath alone. Still, a chiller is the way to go if doing full boils.

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I saw a thread on here not long ago where the guy cooled his wort by dumping ice directly in it. Ice made from boiled or purified water and in sanitized ice trays that were covered in the freezer so no bad stuff could fall/migrate into it. He had it down to a pretty simple procedure.
I see no reason why this would not be good . got to put water in it any way . Sanitized water is a waste of time for the ice cubes as normally you would just use tap water to any way .

Use a bag of ice from the store . Just as pure if not better than your water in the sink . I bet one could just melt a bag down and measure it and get it right on spot for lowering temp to the right amount with a bit of practice with some hot water instead of wort .
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