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Old 01-30-2010, 09:48 AM   #11
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I dont believe the issue with stirring hot wort is about contamination as it is oxidation. Once the wort is cooled you can stir it. You'll actually hear of alot of people using a whirlpool technique once they achieved pitching temp. This is basically stirring the wort creating a whirlpool which sucks the hot/cold break and any sediment into a cone in the bottom of your pot. This allows transferring without picking up alot of sediment.

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Old 01-30-2010, 10:36 AM   #12
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Actually you are supposed to aerate the wort beforre you pitch yeast and THEN not get any air in it. I stir vigorously once it is cool.

Also, yes, a wort chiller is awesome. I actually want to buy another one if I can find a good deal, so I can use it in an igloo cooler with ice water instead of using tap water to chill the wort.

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Old 01-30-2010, 12:26 PM   #13
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Tex, fellow-newb here. I too put my second batch in primary yesterday. FWIW, first batch in the sink/ice took me 45 minutes to hit mid 70's. (I did not use salt, just ice/water.)

Last weekend built a chiller & small pre-chiller. Yesterday used the chiller on my second batch: same volume of wort was 58 deg in 6 minutes. I'm sold.

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Old 01-30-2010, 01:12 PM   #14
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Damn... I haven't been cooling my wort. I usually just make sure the water I am mixing with my wort is cold. I'll be sure to cool it down in the sink this time around.

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Old 01-30-2010, 01:29 PM   #15
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Goatey, see link to read about dimethyl sulfide & benefit of cold break. I have no real knowlege (2 in primary, nothing bottled yet.) But Palmer is something of a guru.

http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter7-4.html

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Old 01-30-2010, 02:07 PM   #16
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Quick question: Are you making a 5 gallon batch but actually cooling 2-3 gallons of hot wort? That might explain part of how it's cooling so fast.

I've been doing ice (or snow) but am about to make a wort chiller because I'm going to start brewing outside and won't be next to a sink.

But the important thing is to get the wort cold, so it sounds like your system is working great. I don't see a reason to change it.

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Old 01-30-2010, 02:16 PM   #17
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Quote: Quick question: Are you making a 5 gallon batch but actually cooling 2-3 gallons of hot wort?

Right now I'm doing full boil 1/2 batches (3 gallon boil - 2.5 gallon to the fermenter.) So same volume of wort (2.5 gallon) for both the ice bath (45 min) and the chiller (6 minutes.)

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