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Old 07-17-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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Hey brewers,

I'm about to make my first batch of beer pretty soon. I went to my local brew supply shop and bought the basic equipment and two recipe kits (a belgian they call blond ambition and a cascade ipa).

They had a wort chiller for 90 bucks and I hesitated to buy it that day because they told me I didn't necessarily need it. They suggested that I chill my wort by freezing half the water of the 5 gallon batch and only boiling the remaining water with the wort then dumping the block of ice in the wort to make the 5 gallon batch and chilling it at the same time.

So I ask you is this a good method for those without wort chillers or is their a better one out there? If the wort chiller is the superior choice then I have no problem making the investment as I am all in on this.

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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Holding some cool water in reserve and adding after the boil works just fine if you are confident that the water has no contaminants.

Related note: smaller water volumes reduce the efficiency of your boil so take that into account when adding hops.

A wort chiller is a very handy addition to your brew gear. I prefer the plate type like "Duda Diesel" brand.
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You can use the search option on this site and find out how to make a wort chiller for a lot less than $90.00.
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Bobby from NJ has a really good video on how to make one.
He also has alot more videos that are helpful
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went today and tried to buy copper tubbing . I live in NYC. 1/2 is almost $50 for 20'. 3/8 is $30. i/we may be better off buying our own.
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went today and tried to buy copper tubbing . I live in NYC. 1/2 is almost $50 for 20'. 3/8 is $30. i/we may be better off buying our own.
Looking at purchasing one soon too. I don't think there is a huge advantage to build your own anymore once you figure in all the costs. You can get a brand new 25 footer with fittings and hosing for $50 shipped, doubt you could build one of similar quality for less than $40.
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Agreed! I just bought one for $40 on amazon. After adding the cost of materials from Lowes I realized it would cost me about $40 to make my own anyway.
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