Cooling the wort - Page 2 - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Cooling the wort

Thread Tools
Old 09-05-2012, 02:10 AM   #11
lactardjosh's Avatar
Aug 2012
Posts: 83
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Yesterday, I cooled 3 gallons from boiling to 74 degrees in my kitchen sink in 20 minutes. I dumped a 20lb bag of ice into the sink, added tap water to about halfway full, put the kettle in, then continued filling the sink until the water level was above the level of the wort in the kettle. This is key since you want to maximize the surface area that the cooling liquid is giving the kettle. Also, stirring the wort while cooling it makes a huge difference since you're increasing the amount of wort that can transfer heat to the water. I've got a deep sink, so that helps. When brewing at my friend's house, cooling takes about 15 minutes longer since he has a shallow sink.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 04:42 PM   #12
Aug 2012
Posts: 42

I fill my sink with cool water then add 3 bags of ice. Then I add salt to the ice bath. I am able to cool my wort down in 10 mins with this method.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2012, 11:08 PM   #13
Mar 2009
Juneau Alaska
Posts: 169
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Immersion chiller, cheap and easy to make. less risk of nasties. and if your going to add water after the boil, stick with bottled water.

Oh, and I get from boiling to 65f in about 15mn flat but I live in AK where the water is darn cold from the tap.
Fly Casters Brewing

"Aint nothing better than Fishing and Brewing Beer"

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cooling wort with ice? soontobepcv General Techniques 25 06-21-2013 02:31 PM
Why is Ice for cooling wort bad? AZOTH99 General Techniques 57 06-04-2012 03:35 PM
cooling the wort down absolutbmc General Techniques 9 08-16-2009 08:39 PM
cooling wort ffgus General Techniques 13 10-24-2007 06:45 PM
Using Ice for Wort Cooling Orpheus General Techniques 6 07-17-2006 04:47 PM

Forum Jump