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Old 11-29-2012, 01:16 PM   #1
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Here's your basic feed or water tub that works great for cooling down that hot wort.

If you have a tractor supply or any type of farm type store around you can pick one of these up fairly cheap. I think the lady at the register messed up as it rang up for $21 but a sticker on the side said $60.

So this tub, 4 frozen gallons of water and within 45 - 1 hour of pulling the wort off the stove it's cooled an ready for the primary...
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:50 PM   #2
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Ideally,the hot wort should be cooled down in 20 minutes or less to prevent chill haze later. But that tub would make a great swamp cooler for initial fermentation!
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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it rang up for $21 but a sticker on the side said $60.
At 21 bucks you might have a case, but if it is actually 60 you can get a 25' foot wort chiller.

 
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:16 PM   #4
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I just toss in 6 frozen water bottles, and add more cold water for top off. Foolproof, and can pitch in 20 minutes.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:20 PM   #5
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I didn't realize it should be cooled within 20 mins. I have simply put it in the chilled water and walk away for about 40 mins or so. Guess I'll keep a closer eye on the next batch.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:24 PM   #6
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Well done. If you put it in there and stir the water and stir the contents of your pot, it will cool even faster
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:27 PM   #7
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I just toss in 6 frozen water bottles, and add more cold water for top off. Foolproof, and can pitch in 20 minutes.
You toss in the frozen water bottles and cold water to the wort directly after coming off the flame???
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You toss in the frozen water bottles and cold water to the wort directly after coming off the flame???

I toss in the water bottles right after flameout, once it's down to about 70 degrees, I toss the wort in the bucket, then add more cold water to the 5 gal mark...By then it's within pitching temp........
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As others have said, 20-30 minutes is ideal to create a good cold break and prevent chill haze. I was able to do the same kind of thing with my kitchen sink when I did ice baths: I'd put the pot in the sink filled with cold water, ice, and I could just fit 4 1 gallon frozen jugs of water in there. I'd change the jugs out twice while chilling, so I have 12 jugs still frozen in our big freezer!

Word of advice I just found out, put something under the pot when you do an ice bath to expose the bottom of the pot to the cold water, such as a cookie cooling rack. I'm not getting that great of a chill with my 25' 3/8" immersion chiller (still 30 minutes down to 70*), so I'm planning on putting it in a similar bucket filled with water and ice in addition to the immersion chiller. 15 minutes would be a dream come true!
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Yeah,I'm going to build a two stage chiller with water into ice bath into wort kinda rig. I was going to get a metal trivet to put under the BK in the sink so it doesn't block the drain the out side of the chiller will need.
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