chilling the wort - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > chilling the wort

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-22-2007, 02:32 AM   #1
backwards
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Posts: 19


at the risk of getting blasted here, i wanted to post a technique i used to chill my wort. the brew shop that got me into this mess provides my malt in a tub - about 2 liters. i took said tub and cleaned it, sanitized it and filled with boiled water. then i froze the tub to create a "wortcicle". after the wort was off the boil, i inserted the large cube of ice and watched the temps fall. so, let the debate begin - did i ruin a batch or should we all be filling our kettles with ice - sanitized and boiled of course. what think ye?
__________________
"when you ride backwards you never miss a thing - unless it's on the other side of the truck."

primary: empty - for now
secondary: russian imperial stout, dunkel
bottled: american ipa, california steam

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2007, 02:34 AM   #2
rdwj
 
rdwj's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
Plainfield, IL
Posts: 4,577
Liked 35 Times on 25 Posts


That technique is great for partial boils. I've added ice before without any issues
__________________
On Tap: Whatever I just brewed (got sick of updating it)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2007, 02:34 AM   #3
Wolf
 
Wolf's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2006
Racine, WI
Posts: 575
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts


Using a preboiled ice cube should be just fine. Better in fact than many of us who just add straight tap water to top off to 5 gallons.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2007, 02:36 AM   #4
Brewsmith
 
Brewsmith's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2005
Torrance, CA
Posts: 6,252
Liked 64 Times on 59 Posts


I bet you're fine, but I wouldn't say that's the preferred method. How did you get the ice in there? Did you just plop it in and not have to touch it?

Easy way to chill is get gallon jugs of drinking water from the store. They have been through several methods of killing all of the bacteria inside. Chill a few of those in the fridge and add that to your hot wort to top off. Beyond that I would look into getting, or making, an immersion wort chiller.
__________________
Fermenting:#160 Apollo/Calypso Pale Ale
Kegged:#153 Old Helicon Barleywine 2013, #157 Irish Red, #158 Mosaic IPA, #159 Bravo/Delta ESB
Up Next:Brown Porter, American Stout, Imperial Stout
My Recipes
Tuba Sonata

Smith & Co. Custom Tap Handles

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2007, 02:37 AM   #5
Wolf
 
Wolf's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2006
Racine, WI
Posts: 575
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts


To expand on my other post, I think the people who worry about using ice are mainly talking about ice that was bought from a store that could have anything in it (Think Mr. Burns frozen Teddy Bear) or that has been sitting open in the freezer for god knows how long.
Your way sounds just fine.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2007, 02:39 AM   #6
homebrewer_99
 
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2005
Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,792
Liked 133 Times on 99 Posts


My practice is taking 4 gals of PUR filtered tap water and placing them in a freezer for 4-5 hours prior to brewing. I've been doing this for years.

Brewed yesterday and the batch was down to 61F within minutes.
__________________
HB Bill

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2007, 02:40 AM   #7
backwards
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Posts: 19

i love you guys.
__________________
"when you ride backwards you never miss a thing - unless it's on the other side of the truck."

primary: empty - for now
secondary: russian imperial stout, dunkel
bottled: american ipa, california steam

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2007, 05:57 AM   #8
EvilTOJ
 
EvilTOJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2005
Portland, OR, Oregon
Posts: 6,401
Liked 50 Times on 35 Posts


I usually do the 'wortcicle' with boiled water as ice buckets as well. I have two of those badboys waiting in the freezer for my next brew tomorrow along with some ice for an ice bath! I find that those fancy contrivances like immersion chillers are for thegentle fops and delicate, dandy brewers amongst us.













OK OK, it's really because SWMBO won't let me buy one yet.
__________________
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2007, 06:24 PM   #9
Moundbrewer
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Posts: 22

The first batch we brewed we used a freezer bag full of water placed in a bread pan to contain it before we put it in the freezer. We probably should have boiled the water first but it worked great in our 2 gallon boil. Yesterday we cooled our second batch of wort by filling the sink with snow and water. We placed our kettle with a clean cover right in the middle of that. In the snow the kettle would spin very easly so we could move the liquid without stirring or opening the cover. After 10min. the wort was at 68deg. Man that worked slick!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2007, 07:30 PM   #10
brewt00l
Recipes 
 
Dec 2006
Doylestown, PA
Posts: 3,725
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts


When I was doing <5Gal boils, I would put my top off water (3 gals) in the freezer and keep it right at the freezing point and then pour it into the hot wort (2 gals)....works great at lowering the temp nice and quick.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chilling wort without wort chiller. Moun10 General Techniques 47 10-01-2014 07:42 AM
Wort Chilling Nickhouse80 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 2 08-04-2009 06:37 PM
Wort chilling jrakich87 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 10-13-2008 01:58 AM
Chilling the Wort bs22619 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 7 01-12-2008 04:48 AM
Chilling wort cnoyes General Techniques 14 10-12-2007 06:10 PM


Forum Jump