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Old 02-11-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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someone was telling me they dump a whole bag of ice in there wort to cool it off. Is it alrite to do this?


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Old 02-11-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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When I brewed with extract and needed to top off, I'd pour the wort from the kettle into my fermenter that was loaded with 10lbs or so of ice... worked great!


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Old 02-11-2012, 06:16 PM   #3
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It works great, you just need clean ice.

I use it out of my ice maker that I know from experience is good, I would be wary of bought ice.
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:48 PM   #4
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Some people will go to extended lengths to do this... They'll boil water and pour it into sanitized containers (something that won't crack with heat shock or melt) and then freeze it, and when they're reading to add the wort then they'll put the ice into their fermenter and pour it on top of the ice. When I was doing partial boils I would just pour near-freezing water into my fermenter and add it that way.
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Ice cools far better than the coldest water, and results in really clear beer.
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:37 PM   #6
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I boil water a few days in advance, then put it in sanitized 1 gallon ziplock bags. Those get frozen, and re-sanitized before I put them in my wort to cool.

Works great. I can cool 5.5 gallons in around 10 mins.
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Ice cools far better than the coldest water, and results in really clear beer.
If you're that concerned about clarity, why not just use irish moss in the boil and/or gelatin after primary, then cold crash?
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Using ice to directly cool the wort works just fine...IF the ice is clean, pure and nasty-bacteria-free. I have used store-bought ice...and the company that supplies it is almost anal-retentive about cleanliness and purity. So, depending on the supplier of the ice, it may be fine, or it may not be such a good idea.

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I mostly use partial mash to brew. I may do things a little different, but I brew on a stove. Therefore, I cannot do a full boil. I can do 3-4 gallon boil. When done, I use a cold water bath to get my temp down to around 100-120F. Then I use a two liter bottle of water that has been sanitized and froze prior to brew day. I cut that bottle up with a sanitized knife and put it in my wort and it takes it down that final 30 degrees or so. Works like a charm and I have not had any problems yet.
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When I was doing partial boils I used ice in this way. Like Glenn, I had a local supplier that was very careful about their water purity.


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