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Old 02-19-2008, 02:08 AM   #21
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I would just be worried that a 1 gallon milk jug has a lot of nooks and crannies as well as surface area to sanitize.

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Old 02-19-2008, 02:18 AM   #22
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After the freeze I cut the bottle off the frozen water and then added it to the wort. Could this cause any issues??? Let me know. I am all about learning something so I dont scew up something. I got the idea from a walk around the Sam Adams Brewery in Mass.

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Old 02-19-2008, 02:29 AM   #23
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Naah, it'll get the job done for now. I don't think you will get as much cold break to precipitate out, but it will work.
I started out doing it the same way. Then I racked all of the liquid to the primary. Now I cool the whole boil pot and whirlpool. I leave a lot more material (cold break, hops) behind. My beers have gotten much better just by this.

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Old 02-19-2008, 05:07 AM   #24
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Dude make a wort chiller out of some Home Depot coppet and plumbing equip. It cools a 5 gallon setup in like 15 mins. Well worth it.

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Naah, it'll get the job done for now. I don't think you will get as much cold break to precipitate out, but it will work.
I started out doing it the same way. Then I racked all of the liquid to the primary. Now I cool the whole boil pot and whirlpool. I leave a lot more material (cold break, hops) behind. My beers have gotten much better just by this.
I've been curious about the cold break. when I boil my extract I pour straight from the brew pot into my carboy (with strainer to get loose hops) but I notice that the cold break precipitates out before my fermentation kicks on. How much off flavor can that contribute?
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:06 PM   #26
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I've been curious about the cold break. when I boil my extract I pour straight from the brew pot into my carboy (with strainer to get loose hops) but I notice that the cold break precipitates out before my fermentation kicks on. How much off flavor can that contribute?
You WANT the cold break, because that's the "stuff" that can make your beer cloudy. It'll just settle out to the bottom with the rest of the trub, so you can rack off of it when you transfer. I've heard that the break material can act as nutrients for the yeast, too. I don't know enough chemistry to know if that's true, but I know you won't harm it!
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The beer goddess Yooper steps in! How do you tell between cold break, hot break, and all the other post-boil junk? I started whirlpooling and leaving everything that wasn't purty wort behind when I rack from the boil pot to the primary. Are you suggesting there is something there we need to identify and suck into the primary, too?

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No, I'm not suggesting that you need to sort your junk.
(Well, that didn't come out right- but you know what I mean!!!)

My point is simply that anything left in the kettle that makes it into the fermenter (hot break, cold break, hop sludge, other miscellaneous floaties) will not harm the fermentation at all and some say it might even offer a benefit. I usually don't really bother whirlpooling much, just siphon the clear stuff, and then pour the rest through a sanitized strainer. Like you said, it ain't purty stuff! All that ugly stuff will just settle out in the fermenter, though, so even if you don't strain it out, it'll fall out eventually. To be honest, though, the only reason I do it this way is because I'm not really strong enough to easily pour 5.25 gallons of wort into a carboy.

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Old 02-20-2008, 01:35 AM   #30
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a pint's a pound the world around.

If you aren't doing full 5 gallon boils, couldnt you do the math and add several bags of ice to the wort to cool it down and get it up to 5 gallons?

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