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Old 11-16-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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It's a nice chilly day outside (November in Wisconsin) like high 40's/low 50's- and I'm gonna take advantage and make a nice stout today. So the question I have is can anyone give me an educated guess as to how long I'd have to wait for my wort to cool to pitching temp if I just let it sit outside after I'm done with the boil?

I've read Australians do this to conserve water, and they'll actually take a sample of their wort and use that for a yeast starter and get that going while the wort is chilling, then add the starter once it's ready (After a day or so if I remember correctly. Since I'm a little further from the equator than these folks, I'm assuming it'll take less time, but I'd like to know how much less
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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I once tried this with 6 inches of snow on the ground and constantly moving the pot to different spots, wasn't very effective, and wasn't my best beer either. The two probably are not the cause and effect but I will be sticking with my wort chiller.

 
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:15 PM   #4
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Ahh I see, thanks folks- I wasn't terribly hopeful about it, but I thought it was worth it to ask. I definitely don't want to get it contaminated. What if I pull out the boom box and blast some Norwegian black metal at my brew pot? I feel like "Battles in the North" would be good for a few degrees.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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It will take almost as long as if it were just sitting at room temp - maybe 8 hours? Most of the no-chill folks seem to just leave it overnight and pitch in the morning.

 
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:21 PM   #6
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I did it in the middle of a sub-freezing December day in Wisconsin and it didn't work at all.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:28 PM   #7
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tried it w/ my cream ale I did in oct on a colder oct evening (mi) and was not terribly successful. As stated earlier it's basically like putting it in the fridge. I need to invest in a chiller myself.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:34 PM   #8
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Yeah, sounds like that'll be the next logical choice for gadgets. Sick of the stupid ice bath! This'll be my first time brewing outdoors with a propane burner, so all sorts of possibilities are begging to be pondered over in the yard
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:57 PM   #9
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I'm planning to build my wort chiller. there's lots of info online/youtube on how to do it. I like the idea of being able to customize it a bit to how I want, and it *should* be cheaper than buying a ready-made one.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:34 PM   #10
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I usually cool to around 100 toss in my bucket and do what you mentioned about stealing about a liter to make a starter with...

Siphon to the flask and throw in the fridge should talk less than an hour to get down to 60*, then pitch and let the starter go overnight.
After 24 hours or at high krausen pitch entire flask into your now cooled wort.
With sound sanitation youll have no problem with this "no chill' method
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