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Old 01-21-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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Anybody know any creative ways to cool wort inside?
Its getting cold out, and I turn my outdoor water off this time of year,
so I cant run the plate chiller. I also have no way of hooking up my hose to an inside sink to do it that way. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

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Old 01-21-2012, 05:04 PM   #2
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Ice bath in the sink or tub.

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Old 01-21-2012, 05:15 PM   #3
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Brew kettle right into the ice bath?
Or the fermentor (Better Bottle) into the ice bath?

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If you can carry the kettle, put it outside in the snowbank. Kettle in the ice bath. Cheers

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If it snowing just pack the snow around the kettle

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Snowbanks make great insulators. You can set your pot in the snowbank and an hour later is hasn't lost 10 degrees. Better is to put it in a tub of cold water and dump snow into that to melt, replenishing it as it melts. The deeper the water (until the pot tries to float) is better. Just don't get the water so high that the pot starts floating and wants to tip over.

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Old 01-21-2012, 08:20 PM   #7
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Anybody know any creative ways to cool wort inside?
Its getting cold out, and I turn my outdoor water off this time of year,
so I cant run the plate chiller. I also have no way of hooking up my hose to an inside sink to do it that way. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!
Read this:How to Attach a Garden Hose to a Kitchen Faucet - wikiHow

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I run a garden hose from the cold water supply for the washing machine. Works great.

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Old 01-21-2012, 09:24 PM   #9
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If you go the ice bath route, you could first use just cold water from the tap a couple times before using the ice. This will take a lot of the heat down and save some ice. Especailly in winter when tap water is pretty cold. Did this on the last batch I made and was suprised how much effect the cold water had.

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Old 01-22-2012, 02:47 PM   #10
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I am wanting to make a brew room in my basement. There is water there but the only drain is the sump so I want to use my immersion chiller copper coil to chill beer differently. From a kettle valve, run the wort thru your chiller with the chiller in an ice water bath. I am sure someone's prob done it like that. Anyone have any info on how well that works. Chiller built into a bucket full of ice. Chiller is 20ft copper and will dump directly to primary. A restriction at end of chiller can control rate and therefor the chilling efficiency.

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