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Old 09-17-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Why not use ice to cool wort?

I've been reading through some of the threads on wort cooling. It seems that a lot of people are opposed to adding ice to the wort (a la Alton Brown) because of risk of infection. Yet topping off with water is extremely common. So why not top off with ice to get the temps down more quickly?

I have never added ice myself, but now I'm wondering why not?


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Old 09-17-2009, 04:26 PM   #2
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I remember seeing Jim Koch in an old Sam Adams brewing video pouring hot wort over a fermenter frozen with ice. The only thing is that if you do full boils this wouldn't apply to you.


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Old 09-17-2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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I have been thinking the same thing. I have brewed 6 batches so far, extract, partial boils. I do not have a wort chiller, and have been doing the sink bath. It is a pain in the a$$.
He used a 7 pound bag of ice and a pint of water as one gallon. Dose anyone do this?
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It is not sanitary.
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Wife keeps fish in the freezer. Ice tastes like fish half the time.

Ice may put the nasties in a cryo hold but it won't kill them and we have no idea what the conditions are like at an ice plant. Tap ice made at home may be different given the treatment the water receives, plant ice may be purer still.

Most who do use ice, just freeze it in a water bottle so they can sanitize the outside and then plunk the bottle in the wort.
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It is not sanitary.
I thought ice places use purified/filtered water.

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I thought ice places use purified/filtered water.

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Yes. But what are the regulations on sanitizing the plant?

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Yet topping off with water is extremely common.
Possibly using preboiled, then chilled top off water.
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you can boil up say 1 gallon of water and after it cools pour it into some sanitized tupperware type containers seal and freeze.
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you can boil up say 1 gallon of water
If I use bottled water for top off or ice is there any reason to boil it?
Spring water, not distilled.
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