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Old 02-04-2008, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default Chilling wort with polar packs?

Would there be any issue with throwing a dozen polar ice packs that have taken a dip in my sanitizer bucket into my hot wort to aid in the cooling process?

I also plan on having an ice water bath on the outside of my brew pot in the sink

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Old 02-04-2008, 05:56 PM   #2
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I'm not sure ow effective they'd be and would a dozen of them make your kettle overflow?

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Old 02-04-2008, 05:59 PM   #3
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definitely wont make my kettle overflow

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As long as they're well sanitized I guess you could give it a try. I'm just not sure if they'd be more effective than an ice bath.

Are you doing this because you already have them and want something reusable to save money?

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I saw some at my LHBS, last time I was there...I wonder if that's what people are doing, sanitizing and chucking them in.

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Old 02-04-2008, 06:27 PM   #6
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I already have a bunch of these, and I figured that if I can cool the wort using these inside the kettle and an ice bath for the surface outside the wort, I may be able to cool it down quicker.

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Old 02-04-2008, 06:40 PM   #7
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I've added frozen water bottles and a few of those packs to my ice bath outside of my pot but (just my .02) I wouldn't throw anything like that directly into my wort, sanitized or not. Doesn't seem worth the risk. Even the smallest little leak would ruin it and I'm not sure what the effects of sinking that soft plastic into 170 degree wort would be. There is some scary shizz to read about the chemicals in some plastics and what can be released in extreme hot/cold.

Not saying anything bad whould happen...but the risk doesnt' seem worth the reward. I only use ice baths and have never had any trouble cooling my wort in a moderate amount of time.

Keep some frozen water bottles or ice packs pressed up against your pot. You can use some rubber gloves to hold them against the pot in your ice bath. Really does speed things up.

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I've often found that my packs like this leak a bit when thawed. I wouldn't put it in my beer.

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I wouldn't take the chance!!! To much work for something so simple to go wrong.

I have seen a thread here somewhere about someone boiling water and placing in freezer bags and then chucking the ice from the bag directly in the wort. Has anyone tryed this. It would help cool and cut down on the top off water.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...t=freezer+bags


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Old 02-04-2008, 08:00 PM   #10
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no way in hell... put them in the sink to make an ice bath, but not in the wort!

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