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Old 08-27-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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Has anyone used freezee-pops to chill their wort before?

did this last night with about 100 of them too cool approx 5gal of wort and worked like a charm! about 15 min later had it down to room temp and able to go into the fermenter

make sure to sanitize them as well :P
might be something to think about for a 10 dollar solution for those brewers on a budget like me

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:55 PM   #2
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Wow, that's a very clever idea. Did you throw them in right after flameout, or wait until it cooled a bit?

 
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:07 AM   #3
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popped into bathtub 5 min after flameout and right after added the popsicles

 
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:12 PM   #4
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I'd make sure they're rated to handle boiling temps or you could be leaching chemicals into your beer.

 
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:17 PM   #5
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very good point....well i might have some really interesting tasting beer :P

 
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:39 PM   #6
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I use them in my recirc chiller water. Once I reach about 90 or so on ground water, I swap my IC over to a pump in a 5 gallon bucket of water that sat in the freezer overnight. Once it starts to warm up, I throw a bag of freeze pops in the bucket to aid in the cooling.

I can go from boiling down to below fermentation temp in about 13 minutes.

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That's condensation on the boil kettle.

 
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:39 PM   #7
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How is this any cheaper or simpler than cold water baths followed by an ice bath?
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:59 PM   #8
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Guys making your own wort chiller is not that much money. Im glad on our first batch we went to our local hardware store and bought some copper wiring and tubing few hose clamps. Bam wort chiller for 40 bucks, to me ice baths and all just seem like way to much work and to much pointless lifting threw the house. ( we also brew outside). Hope this helps cheers!

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:11 PM   #9
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How is this any cheaper or simpler than cold water baths followed by an ice bath?
doesn't a cold water bath take much longer to cool than dropping ice directly into the wort? just because of the surface area issue?

a wort chiller is in the future for me just not exactly in my budget right now. i think it would cost approx 50-60 to get one not including fittings to run cold water from my sink.

not sure how well this would work in an appartment as well with lower water pressure . Has anyone had problems creating enough pressure to push through 50 ft or so of copper coil?

 
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:21 PM   #10
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^ Low water pressure is not an issue; you don't need massive H2O velocity in your IC.

 
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