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Old 03-16-2009, 06:42 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I'm sure my first thread is going to be a repeat of something well known, but as I'm just getting started I thought I'd ask:

Cooling the brewpot after the boil, I've tried dunking the thing in a sink full of water and ice but in my small apartment it takes a while; immersion chillers look great but I was thinking, why not just take a narrow sort of plastic container, a juice bottle or something, and freeze water in it? Then sanitize it for a moment and use it to dunk directly into the wort and stir?

Is this a stupid plan and I should just get an immersion chiller, or could it cool the wort even faster?

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Old 03-16-2009, 06:43 PM   #2
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Plenty of people do it. It works, just be careful to sanitize the bottles.


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Old 03-16-2009, 06:50 PM   #3
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Fantastic. I'll sink em in Sani-Clean for a few minutes and then use them to whirlpool. Thanks!
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You're also best off freezing a few of them so you can trade them out as they melt (sanitize before using).

Also, most 2-liter bottles have a black plastic part on the bottom that detaches easily. Take it off, and there's less nooks and crannies for nasties to hide in.
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I would still sit the pot in a sink of ice while you do the ice bottle trick. You can't cool too fast!
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I would still sit the pot in a sink of ice while you do the ice bottle trick. You can't cool too fast!
Yes, absolutely. And use the frozen bottle to swirl gently in a circle (whirlpool) to circulate the wort.
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Is there another thread discussing different wort chilling options? I'm still taking forever to get the last 10 degrees when using my immersion chiller on a full boil. Summer is coming and my tap water is going to be even warmer making for a less effective chiller.
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Is there another thread discussing different wort chilling options? I'm still taking forever to get the last 10 degrees when using my immersion chiller on a full boil. Summer is coming and my tap water is going to be even warmer making for a less effective chiller.
You can use a prechiller - copper coils in a bucket of ice water - let the tap water run through the prechiller before going to the I.C. There's lots of threads on wort chilling - check out the DIY section. Here's one recent thread:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/cf-c...hiller-107806/
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You can use a prechiller - copper coils in a bucket of ice water - let the tap water run through the prechiller before going to the I.C.
A submersible pump is probably cheaper than another copper coil, then just pump icewater through the IC (fill a cooler with ice + water, put pump in, pump water through IC and back into the opposite end of the cooler).
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using an ic with a bucket of ice water is the best and easiest way to cool your wort. i use mine and have the hot out going into the other sink and i use a prechiller. for the cost of copper right now it is allot more cost effective. also a good flow control. too fast and you dont pull enough heat. to slow and you dont pull enough heat.


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