Originally Posted by AnthonyD
I put a tub of water outside before I start brewing. By the time my wort is ready, the water is just about freezing, usually with a film of ice over the surface. This brings 2.5-3 gallons down to 70F in about 1/2 hour with an outdoor temp in the high teens - 20's.
If you already have a bucket like this, it is a cheap and easy idea. If you put out a dozen or so water bottles to freeze overnight and then add them to the water bath, it will chill even faster.