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Old 09-28-2009, 12:48 PM   #1
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I would like to hear from brewers that live in warmer climates and hear how they cool their wort. Here in South Florida my tap water is 79 degrees. I can't see how a wort chiller setup would be very efficient. Is the ice bath the only recourse? It seems to take "forever" to cool my wort. I have been trying to tighten my brew process and this is one of the areas that needs improving.

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Old 09-28-2009, 01:03 PM   #2
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I'm in the same boat and I just did 2 brews this weekend. In my precious set-up I used an IC that took while to get near pitching temps. Recently I acquired a shirron plate chiller. Even with the 80 degree tap water it cooled the wort to ~90 degrees in about 5 mins. The second bach I used a pre chiller for the tap water and ended up getting it to 70 in the same amount of time. Pre chillers are the saving grace for me. Just some extra copper tubing that sits in an ice bath to cool the water before it enters the chiller.

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Old 09-28-2009, 01:07 PM   #3
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Unless you are going to invest in a actual chiller your options are limited. Wort chiller/ice bath

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Old 09-28-2009, 01:16 PM   #4
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Gotta use ice somehow, since a chiller can't get the wort any cooler than the cooling water (~ 90º here in the summer). I pump my wort through a plate chiller that's hooked up to tap water. The wort exiting the plate chiller is close to ground water temps. After the plate chiller, the wort then flows through a copper coil submerged in ice water. It takes 1 pass to get below 70º, or about 15-20 mins for 11 gals.

I need to take a good pic of my setup while I'm chilling so people can get a better idea of what I do. It really does work great.

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Old 09-28-2009, 01:28 PM   #5
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No-chill and water temp is no longer a factor.
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Unless you are going to invest in a actual chiller your options are limited. Wort chiller/ice bath
+1 I use my IC while in an ice bath to get it down to around 100* then turn off the IC and continue the ice bath down to pitching temp. The key I think is to frequently stir the wort and the ice bath to make sure there aren't any cold or hot spots. Doing this I'm down to 70* in 15 minutes. In the beginning I wasn't stirring and left it in the ice for around 30 minutes. The bottom half was in the low 60s while the top was barely into the 70s.
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Yeah. Why bother?
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Why not get a submersible pump and dunk it in a tub full of ice/water. Pump that water through the immersion chiller and you're good to go.

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Ok to the more experienced brewers, let me know if this is ok to do. I do not have a immersion chiller yet, so I divide the wort into two kettles and chill each kettle in the sink. I usually get it down to 80 degrees in 15-20 minutes. Is this an ok practice?

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Old 09-28-2009, 02:38 PM   #10
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Ok to the more experienced brewers, let me know if this is ok to do. I do not have a immersion chiller yet, so I divide the wort into two kettles and chill each kettle in the sink. I usually get it down to 80 degrees in 15-20 minutes. Is this an ok practice?
Yes. Perfectly OK. You're chilling faster than some people with ICs.
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