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Old 10-11-2009, 12:47 AM   #1
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Default Ack! Wort isn't cooling fast enough!

I just finished the boil on my first batch (partial mash). Had the sink full of water and several frozen water bottles, ice packs, ice cubes. After 10 minutes the temp is still at 156. At this rate I don't think I'm going to get down to 70 in 30 minutes. The frozen water bottles are almost melted. What can I do?


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Old 10-11-2009, 12:52 AM   #2
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Drink a beer while you wait?

It'll be fine. You could also stir the water in the sink a bit, or drain it out and refill it with cold water.


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Old 10-11-2009, 12:54 AM   #3
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You need to drain and refill the sink with cold water several times.

When I first put my kettle in, it takes about 30 seconds for the sink water to go from very cold to hot. Usually do about 3 or 4 refills in the first 10 minutes and then it starts staying colder longer.

Stirring the wort helps as well.
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I wouldn't lose any sleep over the cooling rate. RDWHAHB, it will be cool when it is cool. It won't hurt a thing. I let mine sit overnight and let it cool naturally, no problems, ever.
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Old 10-11-2009, 01:07 AM   #5
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I've never let mine sit out overnight. By changing the water, and gently stirring both the water bath and the wort, it'll be cool in 30 minutes. The "danger" period is when the wort is between 75 and 140 degrees, so once you get below 140, then try to actively chill it so you can pitch the yeast.
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Well, it's been 35 minutes and it's down to 100. I've changed the water 3 times, and have stirred several times as well. The ice bottles are now mostly water, with some small amount of ice. Guess I don't have much choice now but to keep changing the water and wait.
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Yep. If you don't change the water, the kettle of hot wort will just sit in a sink full of hot water and the extra mass will make it take LONGER to cool. I just go watch something on TV and go change the water during each commercial break.
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As said before, stirring the wort will help it cool faster.

I've recently switched from using my sink to the bathtub. I have a bunch of old gatorade bottles I freeze ahead of time and also buy a few bags of ice. The tub helps because you have a much larger amount of water to fill with ice and it displaces the heat without getting as hot, so it last much longer. I can usually pitch within a half hour.

Don't pitch until you are down to your fermentation temp.

You can always get a wort chiller...
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Yep, next time it's a wort chiller for me. This is my first batch so I didn't spring for it, but I kinda wish I would have.
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I was tired of dealing with this also. Broke down and made a immersion chiller. I'll see how different it is next week when I brew next. Can't wait.
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