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Old 04-07-2011, 03:21 AM   #1
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Just started trying to home brew tonight and everything was going well until it was time to chill the wort. First I put the kettle in a sink full of water and ice, then drained it and did it again, and then again. Long story short, it's been an hour and a half and my wort is still at 90 degrees. Should I just toss this out because it's going to suck? I'm so frustrated! Now I've just got it sitting in the bathtub full of cold water...Not sure what to do



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Hello Board,

Just started trying to home brew tonight and everything was going well until it was time to chill the wort. First I put the kettle in a sink full of water and ice, then drained it and did it again, and then again. Long story short, it's been an hour and a half and my wort is still at 90 degrees. Should I just toss this out because it's going to suck? I'm so frustrated! Now I've just got it sitting in the bathtub full of cold water...Not sure what to do
Keep it on ice water and stir it. You're almost there. It'll be fine.


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It won't suck, and you didn't screw up. Just keep cooling it til mid 70's, then pitch your yeast, install the airlock, and ferment in a location where temps will remain under 70, preferably around 65.

I'll bet a wort chiller is lookin pretty attractive right now, huh?

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Keep it on ice water and stir it. You're almost there. It'll be fine.
I've been reading up and now I'm worried about DMC? Not sure if I have the acronym right or not but it sounds like it's the "homebrew" taste. I'm brewing an IPA and I wanted it to come out good So does this mean it's going to suck and myself or anyone who drinks it is going to get headaches?
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It won't suck, and you didn't screw up. Just keep cooling it til mid 70's, then pitch your yeast, install the airlock, and ferment in a location where temps will remain under 70, preferably around 65.

I'll bet a wort chiller is lookin pretty attractive right now, huh?
oh, you're absolutely right. I was thinking about buying one but I had already spent so much money that I couldn't begin to think that I was going to spend more. I had all my ducks in a row and thought this first brew would be great...Now I'm not so sure.
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What is the purpose of draining the ice water? Had the ice completely melted.
If not the water should still be cold enough. When you drain and add tap water that tap water is warmer than the ice bath and thus the heat gradient will be less.

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Just started trying to home brew tonight and everything was going well until it was time to chill the wort. First I put the kettle in a sink full of water and ice, then drained it and did it again, and then again. Long story short, it's been an hour and a half and my wort is still at 90 degrees. Should I just toss this out because it's going to suck? I'm so frustrated! Now I've just got it sitting in the bathtub full of cold water...Not sure what to do
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also, I suppose I could be screwing things up by placing my sanitized thermometer in the wort to check temps?

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I've been reading up and now I'm worried about DMC? Not sure if I have the acronym right or not but it sounds like it's the "homebrew" taste. I'm brewing an IPA and I wanted it to come out good So does this mean it's going to suck and myself or anyone who drinks it is going to get headaches?
It's DMS. And you'll be fine. The beer will be fine. Ferment at the correct temperature and the world will be fine. Do a search here on no-chill. Some folks leave their wort in winpacks overnight to cool to pitching temperature. They swear that DMS is a boogey man.
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What is the purpose of draining the ice water? Had the ice completely melted.
If not the water should still be cold enough. When you drain and add tap water that tap water is warmer than the ice bath and thus the heat gradient will be less.
Hi ed, the reason I drained the ice is because the ice had all melted and the water had become warm
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also, I suppose I could be screwing things up by placing my sanitized thermometer in the wort to check temps?
Nope, if it's sanitized, you're good to go.

You can make a simple wort chiller for less than $50, visit the DIY subfoum, there are several how-to's.


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