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Old 03-13-2014, 03:52 PM   #11
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I've been cooling mine in the kitchen sink. My sink has 2 bowls, one really large, and deep enough that I have to hook weights to the pot so it doesn't float. The other bowl is a little one for the disposal. I run cool water into the sink while cooling - with the overflow going to the smaller sink and down the drain. Doesn't take too long to cool with the continuous flow of cold water. I'd think one could do a similar setup with a tote in a bathtub or just outside. And cut cooling time quite a bit.

Maybe eventually I'll make an IC but this method works better than a straight water/ice bath, is KISS, and is free. -- basic 4 gal SS pot for partial boil.

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Old 03-13-2014, 03:53 PM   #12
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Well not everyone.......
I'm over two years and more than 50 batches into this obsession. No IC yet(although I wouldn't turn one down if one of youse guys want to gift me one).
I cool 5G batches outdoors in a swamp cooler. I do add ice in the summer and snow in the winter. I can get down to below 70 within 1/2 hour. The key is to change the water when it warms up. I'm fortunate that the water coming out of my hose is max. 50* even in the summer(deep well)

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