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Old 08-12-2005, 11:12 PM   #1
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Ok, so I dont have a wort chiller..whats a good way to cool my wort when its done boiling? I use to dunk it in a filled sink with water and ice cubes but this didnt do anything at all..whats your guys opinion? Thanks!

I read someone putting 7lbs of ice in their fermenter but Im afraid the ice will be dirty...

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I am assuming you are not doing a full 5 gallon wort boil. When I do a partial wort boil (2.5-3 gallons after boil) here is what I do. I go to the store and buy bottled water. Personally I get Ozarka, but the brand is personal preference. I buy the 2.5 gallon jugs. I buy 3. I use almost 2 of them in the wort. When I first get the wort to a boil I move the last unopened one from the fridge to the freezer. I check that periodically while the wort is boiling. I take it out just as the first ice crystals are forming on the top.(usually right about when I am finished boiling the wort. I then but the almost frozen water (about 34-36 degrees) into the fermenter and then pour the wort on top of that. I generally brings the temp down to about 75-80 degrees, almost the temp for pitching the yeast. That has worked fine for me for many batches.

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oh yeah, almost forgot,

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haha thanks that sounds good

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I place 4 - 1 gal jugs in the freezer for several (3-4) hours before I start brewing.

The temp afterwards is always in the 70s and sometimes in the 60s.

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Originally Posted by Wayne Havens
I am assuming you are not doing a full 5 gallon wort boil. When I do a partial wort boil (2.5-3 gallons after boil) here is what I do. I go to the store and buy bottled water. Personally I get Ozarka, but the brand is personal preference. I buy the 2.5 gallon jugs. I buy 3. I use almost 2 of them in the wort. When I first get the wort to a boil I move the last unopened one from the fridge to the freezer. I check that periodically while the wort is boiling. I take it out just as the first ice crystals are forming on the top.(usually right about when I am finished boiling the wort. I then but the almost frozen water (about 34-36 degrees) into the fermenter and then pour the wort on top of that. I generally brings the temp down to about 75-80 degrees, almost the temp for pitching the yeast. That has worked fine for me for many batches.
I just tried this tonight. It worked great.
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