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Old 11-29-2012, 06:14 PM   #11
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Never thought of gettin the pot up off the bottom so more coolness can do it's job... Rock on

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:12 PM   #12
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Me neither, it was just a piece of advice thrown out there in a podcast I was listening to about a month ago. Now I'm constantly plugged into my earphones if I'm not on here, taking care of the kids, or pretending to listen to SWMBO... *cough*

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:37 PM   #13
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On my last brew, I did something very similar except I put the tub of cold water in my sink with some frozen bottles of water in it, then I dropped in the pot of wort. Instead of continuously stirring to move the hot water away from the sides of the pot, I created a flow of water by turning the faucet on a slow trickle of cold water in one corner of the ice bath and siphoning from the other corner of the bath into the sink. After doing this, the ice water stayed pretty cool.

It still took almost 45 minutes to cool the wort, but it seemed to help to create a current to keep the water moving. Guess a chiller is the only sure way

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Old 11-29-2012, 10:17 PM   #14
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My wort chiller was $40 shipped with hoses and hose attachments. And it is like 1/4 the size of that baby pool (I live in an apartment and can't justify storing something of that size).

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Old 11-29-2012, 10:23 PM   #15
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My wort chiller was $40 shipped with hoses and hose attachments. And it is like 1/4 the size of that baby pool (I live in an apartment and can't justify storing something of that size).
From where and how??
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:23 PM   #16
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I use my bath tub and about 12-15 frozen bottles of various sizes so I can appreciate this. I have added salt to most of the bottles to lower the temps even more. I don't know, beyond the fact that salt lowers the freezing temps, if and why I thought this would work, but I did it anyways. It probably doesn't actually make the ice colder. Oh well, haha. It usually takes about 30-40 minutes if I shift the pot from each end of the tub as the water warms. It cools much faster when I stir the wort but that's just work.

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I bought a stainless 25' chiller from here for less than 50 bucks shipped. Looks like prices have gone up a bit since I bought it, but it's still relatively inexpensive. http://www.nybrewsupply.com/wort-chillers.html
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I was a huge cold break guy. I would cool that sucker down in 15 minutes and pitching yeast. I would still get some with haze. I brewed my last IPA and while it was on the boil I dropped my carboy and tried to catch it but all i got was a cut up hand. I finished the boil and had to goto the ER to get stitched up. I just covered it and left it there for 3 hours outside. Got back and it was at pitching temp. It was the clearest beer I think I have ever had. So now I am perplexed. I am rethinking the importance of this cold break.

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Chilling down to pitch temp in 20 minutes or less nixes chill haze at fridge time. But after dry hopping my IPA wi .5oz od the tree hops used in the boil,I got some hop haze. I think it's from the hops not being in the boil?...
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