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Old 02-03-2013, 03:37 AM   #1
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making some beer and going to chill the wort and my hose is froze. currently trying to pack snow around the kettle to cool it, dam this sux.

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Had to pull my hose out with a pair of pliers it's so cold here!!!

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When they built my house, they put a bib in the garage...I thought it was strange but now I love it.

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*note to self, when building a garage to that* on the other hand when packing snow around the kettle it also works well to warm your hands up.

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making some beer and going to chill the wort and my hose is froze. currently trying to pack snow around the kettle to cool it, dam this sux.
Had that happen to me about a week ago and I learned my lesson. When I brewed today I had my hose going at just a trickle to maintain flow so it wouldn't freeze.
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Unfortunately snow is a poor way to chill your wort. As soon as it melts a little there is a nice insulating space around the kettle. You would have to be there constantly packing the snow to make it work. Much better to set your kettle in a tub of water and dump snow into that tub. As long as you have snow mixed with the water you can be assured that the water is cold and it makes constant contact with the kettle. That's the method I use any time I have snow available.

A immersion wort chiller would be nice but at -25, its really hard to keep the hose from freezing. You can't move the hose or it will break and you end up with a skating rink where you intended to walk.

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I did end up bringing it inside and doing that. Got it cooled and took my gravity and put it in my fermenter. Then i forgot what my gravity was and realized this morning that my yeast is on the counter still. ugh

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