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Old 07-21-2007, 06:02 PM   #1
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OK here is a simple issue and I am looking for some thoughts. I want to do an all grain IPA. I have all of the ingrediants but I have no wot chiller. Is this even possible or should I wait til my wort chiller shows up next week? Thanks for any advice.

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Old 07-21-2007, 06:09 PM   #2
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It's possible. Just use a BIG ice bath and set your kettle in it. This will work better if your kettle is aluminum. Buy lots of ice and replenish as it melts. Stir the wort and ice bath constantly to speed up cooling.



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Old 07-21-2007, 06:24 PM   #3
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I've brewed over 10 AG beers at this point with no wort chiller, and have had no problems. I fill my bath tub with cold water and dump all the ice from my freezer in it. I put in a long spoon when still boiling, then take the whole thing and set it in the tub. Every 10 minutes I stir the wort in one direction and then move water and ice in the other. Takes about 30 minutes to chill down.

Cheap and less gear to clean up. FYI, hopefully you are better than me with boilovers. My last two were a bit messy and that it is a pain to clean the tub out. Perhaps I'm not saving time on cleanup after all...

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Old 07-21-2007, 06:30 PM   #4
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Sure, it's possible, but ice baths are a royal PITA. If it were me, I'd wait a week for the chiller.

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Old 07-21-2007, 06:40 PM   #5
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I'm going to try the no chill method using big "water cubes" you find in the camping supplies.

www.aussiehomebrewer.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=9354&hl=chiller

I'll make a double batch, cool one with the cube and one with the immersion chiller and see how it turns out.

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I would like to see how it turns out.

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I'd say wait the week and make it easier for you.

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Wort Chiller = 5 gallons chilled to pitching temp in 8 mins, and a great cold break.

Bath = 5 gallons chilled to pitching temp in 30 mins plus a sore back from leaning over the tub stirring, cost of ice and a weak cold break.

Be patient, wait till your chiller shows up and do the job right with the correct tools. Regardless of how easy or not tub method is, it doesn't chill the wort fast enough for my liking.

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You can do this if you are eager enough (read, impatient enough). It is not a perfect system, but it will work ffine and you will enjoy the wort chiller all the more.

BUT be very careful moving that 50lbs pot of sticky boiling liquid. Hospital visits ruin the weekend!

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I tried to chill five-gallon batches in a snow bank....I did, but it took a long time, and I had to keep repacking the snow (and the ambient temp was below 0°F). It was a regal PITA. Yes, it worked, but....no real cold break, and, yes, a sore back.

Then I got an immersion chiller.

Now, I hit pitching temps in ~10 mins. or so. *Awesome* cold break, which leads to...clean yeast cakes that are easy to harvest and very, very clear beer right out of the primary. (And the chiller isn't that hard to clean at all. Just spray off the hops/cold break when done. The pH of the wort does the rest.)

Of all the gadgets I've bought and made, the immersion chiller has provided the biggest improvement in my beer. Best bang for buck, as it were.

Worth the wait.



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