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Old 11-09-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default Cooling Wort in sub-zero temperatures

Where I live, it can get pretty cool. I'm about to invest in a wort chiller but am thinking that it will be no warmer than 15 degrees from December to March. Maybe I can just cool my beer on the porch?



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Old 11-09-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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You could but it would take quite some time. You really want to cool down to the 60's as quickly as you possibly can in order to picth the yeast & stave off any baddies taking hold. If you live in a snowy climate, you can always get a Rubbermaid tub, fill with snow & put your brew pot in there replacing the snow/ice as it melts. That's a low cost way that would work quicker than just air temp cooling....



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Old 11-09-2012, 06:25 PM   #3
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Just look up the no-chill threads here. I just did a no chill last weekend. I don't plan on doing it for hop-forward beers, but for malty ones, seems to work great. Some people leave it in their kettle, others drain it into a corny keg or plastic carboy and seal it to keep bugs out.

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I used this 5 gallon carboy from US Plastic to store the wort outside while cooling. It collapsed quite a bit, but held!



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After a good snow... just drop the pot in the snow! keep its packed around it and it'll cool down really fast!
I can cool mine already in an ice bath within 20 mins, but I dont tend to boil more than 3 gallons.



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