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Old 04-07-2008, 03:58 AM   #11
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Ok, I'm still very new at making beer. But I put 15 pounds of ice in my primary then pour the batch in and then pitch the yeast. Any then wrong with the ice method?

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Old 04-07-2008, 04:12 AM   #12
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You risk sanitation by pouring hot wort onto bagged ice. Now if you filtered and sterilized your water.... put it into sealed, sanitized containers.... and froze.... that would be ok.

I recommend an immersion chiller.

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Old 04-07-2008, 04:17 AM   #13
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no, its just bagged ice from the corner store. also I use bottled water fromt the store. what do you use?

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Old 04-07-2008, 04:39 AM   #14
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Man if you dont wan't to buy a chiller, at least ice bath in one of these here, not a trashcan.


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Old 04-07-2008, 04:41 AM   #15
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no, its just bagged ice from the corner store. also I use bottled water fromt the store. what do you use?
Filtered water, full boil batch... with an immersion chiller.
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Old 04-07-2008, 05:21 AM   #16
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The cheapest I've seen is around $80....
Here are 5 for under $70.00 with one under $50.00

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I run cold water through the wort chiller, then place 1/2 bag of ice in the sink. When the ice melts, you can just use the sink sprayer to keep the water circulating from the right side of the sink into the left side so that the heat does not build up in the side that has the wort chiller. This only takes about 10-12 minutes.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:35 AM   #18
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Your trashcan method will work fine. The bacteria can't eat through the plastic bag fast enough to get into your covered goods.

Just use what ya got!

Probably will be cheaper and easier in the long run to use a chiller though.

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The brewpot had the lid on and it was pretty much sealed shut. It never touched the sides of the can at all, so I think it'll be alright. I guess time will tell though.
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Someone with some math ability should compare the cooling ability of a wort chiller with tap water to the chilling of a pot immersed in ice water. Compare the surface area of the wort chiller to the area of the outside of the pot up to the level of the wort and then factor in the temperature of the water going through the wort chiller as compared to the ice water in the trash can/other container. I suspect that it would be an eye opener for some.

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I also put a few drops of bleach in the water just to keep it from getting funky since it'll be in there for most of a month.
Excellent point about the bleach, especially for those using a fermenter with a spigot.

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