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Old 11-30-2012, 02:29 AM   #11
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A lot of new brewers don't use wort chillers. They take your wort from boiling temp to 70F so you can pitch the yeast. I have access to an unlimited amount of ice so that works better for me.

One great thing about brewing is there are many ways to do it and they are all correct. It can take a while to figure out what works best for you.
For a good number of us, 70F is far too warm for a pitching temp. The yeast strains I use are better in the mid 60's. So, I aim to get the wort cooler than that, before pitching. They get into their 'happy range' as they work and ferment the beer. If I pitched at 70F, and didn't do some fancy footwork to chill the batch post pitch, I'd get some nappy brew.

The reality of it is you need to get the wort at least into the range that works best for the yeast you'll be using, to get the result you want. A good number of yeasts produce very different results at different temperatures. Going warmer will give you one thing, while going cooler will give you another. IMO, getting the wort to the correct temperature (either cooler, or within a degree or three) is very important.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:30 AM   #12
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I wouldn't get a wort chiller yet, there are lots of smaller odds and ends he'll end up getting first instead. I still don't have one after a year of brewing and get along fine.

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Old 11-30-2012, 02:35 AM   #13
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Wort chillers are also extremely easy to build yourself. I just put together one for $25 in parts. It took about 10 minutes and it works great!

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Wort chillers are also extremely easy to build yourself. I just put together one for $25 in parts. It took about 10 minutes and it works great!
With SOFT copper tubing (the 20' length), decent tools, and actually KNOWING how to do it, yes. For someone that has no clue, it will be far easier to get one and not worry about it not working right. A 20' coil of 3/8" copper is about $20 by itself. Never mind the other fittings. Plus, it's best to have something to wrap it against, so that it doesn't look like a 5 car pileup. A tall 8 quart pot can do the job there, if you have one.

IMO, in the interest of NOT making it more difficult on the OP, I'd just order/buy him one. Worst case you can turn around and sell it for close to what you buy it for. That is, if he finds he doesn't like brewing as he thought he would.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:56 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone for the replies! I live 30 minutes from Knoxville and I know there are a couple brew stores I'm going to call. I think I'm going to buy the kit from rebel though. He's been on this kick for years so I know he's going to love it! He's read a lot of books and has been in contact with a couple local breweries to see about volunteering. As far as the wort-doohicky if he wants it he can order it later. thanks everyone.

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One thing I would add to the rebel deluxe kit would be a separate bottling bucket with spout.

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As his awesome wife (or so I like to think) I'd like to become involved with his beer adventures. I try everything he does and have developed a pretty good pallet. I don't drink beer but I can appreciate it. I'd like to understand what he's talking about but all his books look like you need a college degree to understand! Any chick friendly books out there? Or basic lingo books? :-D

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One thing I would add to the rebel deluxe kit would be a separate bottling bucket with spout.
Didn't notice how it was setup... I'd call and see if they can swap the carboy for a bottling bucket, or include a bucket fermenter intead of the carboy. As much as I hate buckets, it's probably safer for a noob. Or change the 5 gallon PET carboy for a 6 gallon PET/Better Bottle carboy. Primary in that and use the bucket to bottle in/with.
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As his awesome wife (or so I like to think) I'd like to become involved with his beer adventures. I try everything he does and have developed a pretty good pallet. I don't drink beer but I can appreciate it. I'd like to understand what he's talking about but all his books look like you need a college degree to understand! Any chick friendly books out there? Or basic lingo books? :-D
Look into making wine or mead. I make mead and brew beer myself. Both are great products to enjoy/share.
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Look into making wine or mead. I make mead and brew beer myself. Both are great products to enjoy/share.
Oh my gosh! You make mead? That's so cool! My husband says its on his bucket list to try. Is it fairly easy to make?
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