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Old 10-17-2007, 04:17 PM   #11
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Mythbusters on Discovery Channel did an episode on the fastest method to cool a sixpack. The coldest/fastest was ice, water, and salt. It got down to about 25 deg. F. Maybe a mason jar in an ice/water/salt bath. Haven't tried this so take it with a grain of salt. LOL.
Actually, the fastest method was the crazy fire extinguisher trick, but that's way impractical and beside the point.

I've used an ice + saltwater bath many times to quickly chill a few beers. It works very well.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:22 PM   #12
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if you have a ss cocktail shaker put the wort in there and then put the bottom into an ice/salt/water bath. I make iced coffee at work that way all the time.

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Old 10-17-2007, 06:18 PM   #13
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I put in the sample jar and place in a jug and run cool tap water into it.
I don't always wait till it hits 20°C to check it. if I'm waiting and its <30°C then I'll adjust for temp in beersmith.

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Old 10-17-2007, 07:26 PM   #14
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Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time! COOL RUNNINGS!
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Old 10-17-2007, 07:55 PM   #15
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:20 PM   #16
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I just fill up a small cup and put it in a cold water bath. As long as the sample volume is small, then it should cool within 5 minutes.
Ditto. I scoop out 3/4 cup with a small Pyrex measuring cup (that's what it takes to fill the test jar). Set that cup in a 2 qt. measuring cup - add some cold tap water - stir the wort a couple of times and it cools to 70 or so in 5 minutes.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:34 PM   #17
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Pretty close to what we do here.
Use a small aluminum pot, put in just enouh wort to fill your hydrometer vessel,
set in cold water (or on cold wet garage floor) for about 30 seconds while swirling and you are good to go.
Use this for quick check as the running are starting to get thin. If you are waiting for the wort to cool in a slow responding container, you may drop into the dreaded less then 1.00? area. Time is of the essense.
Use your bare wrist to judge temp quickly.
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:04 AM   #18
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Oh come on, I can think of lots of ways of cooling beer faster...If more impractically ...

Dry ice in ethanol comes to mind.

Liquid nitrogen does as well.

Sorry if they tried those two . But something tells me that they'll remove heat a little bit faster. And nowadays you can buy dry ice by the pound in your favorite big box store, so it is a plausible method .

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Old 10-18-2007, 12:10 AM   #19
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Pretty close to what we do here.
Use a small aluminum pot, put in just enouh wort to fill your hydrometer vessel,
set in cold water (or on cold wet garage floor) for about 30 seconds while swirling and you are good to go.
Use this for quick check as the running are starting to get thin. If you are waiting for the wort to cool in a slow responding container, you may drop into the dreaded less then 1.00? area. Time is of the essense.
Use your bare wrist to judge temp quickly.
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Thanks aa8jzdial, this sounds just like what I'm after. I don't only want to check "just for the record", I want to stop sparging at or before 1.010.

I was concerned waiting for a few minutes for my sample to cool might give me a bunch of <1.010 wort in my kettle.

Or do people just close the spigot while they wait for their sample to cool? Or is close enough to 1.010 good enough for most people?
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:43 AM   #20
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Is there a reason to hurry up and cool the runnings vs. just letting the sample sit and cool to room temp while you are busy brewing?

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