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Old 11-11-2012, 07:19 PM   #11
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It works well if you keep the wort churning, the lid off, and keep moving it to melt fresh snow. The pot gets ICE cold and it acts like a plate chiller of sorts. But letting it sit in place after it has melted the snow won't do much.
Bingo. The lid needs to be off and you need to move it around occasionally. Basically the same way you chill a starter in an ice bath.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:26 PM   #12
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When it's that cold out here in NJ over the winter I cool my beer to pitching temp in 8-11 minutes since the ground water is so cold.
+1...Ground water temp is the big variable in wort chilling time here in NC...I have to use a "secondary" ice bath in the late spring thru early fall, but in the true winter, I can chill boiling to near 60*F in 20 min or less...
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:26 PM   #13
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You can extend the wort chiller and have a part of it going trough an outside ice bath, that way the water in the chilling is way cooler.

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Old 11-13-2012, 01:15 AM   #14
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I'm wondering what to do with the outflow of my IC in the cold. I brew in my garage and have a hose in there. The outflow turned my driveway into i e in no time. What to do??

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Old 11-13-2012, 03:45 AM   #15
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I'm wondering what to do with the outflow of my IC in the cold. I brew in my garage and have a hose in there. The outflow turned my driveway into i e in no time. What to do??
Get 3-4 five gal buckets and empty into them. You can then re-use the water for whatever (my wife waters the indoor plants).
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:58 AM   #16
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It takes a while that route, but still a great picture!

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I tried something like this a couple years ago. Waited for one of the coldest days of the winter (it was near -35C/-31F without wind...) and put my kettle in the snow. An hour later it had barely made a dent dropping like 10-15C... Brought it back inside and ice bathed in down to pitching temp in about 30ish minutes. As cold as snow is, it is also an amazing insulator.

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