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Old 04-01-2013, 12:54 AM   #1
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Can you use ice to cool the wort?


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Old 04-01-2013, 01:02 AM   #2
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Can you use ice to cool the wort?
Do you mean IN the wort, or around the pot?


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Old 04-01-2013, 01:03 AM   #3
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I'm no expert, but I think it would water it down too much.

I've often wondered about those plastic/ reusable cubes. Let em soak in sanitizer first of course....
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:08 AM   #4
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Put the ice around the bucket in a sink, add some water, and table salt to it. Is will be cooled to 75-80 degrees in no time flat. The salt will actually activate with the ice and get the water surrounding the wort, a heck of a lot colder a heck of a lot faster! Cheers
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:22 AM   #5
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I used ice in my first batch with no ill effects. I sanitized some clean tupperware and filled with boiled water. It ended up being about a gallon of water worth of ice (8 lbs). Tossed it in the wort, which was also sitting in an ice bath and had it cool within 15 minutes.

I wouldn't trust the bagged ice you can buy, or the stuff that comes out of my ice maker, for that matter.
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Now, let's suppose you are doing partial volume boils and adding chilled water to your fermenter after you chill your wort.
I suppose, if you know your volume to be added, it could be added as ice instead of water. As long as you are sure your ice source is good quality.
On the other hand, one of the benefits of chilling your wort before adding it to your fermenter, is to participate out the cold break material, and either whirlpool it or filter it out. If you are doing your chilling in the fermenter by adding ice, then your cold break is left in fermenter. Maybe not a big deal, but it would increase the amount of trub in the fermenter.
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I used ice in my first batch with no ill effects. I sanitized some clean tupperware and filled with boiled water. It ended up being about a gallon of water worth of ice (8 lbs). Tossed it in the wort, which was also sitting in an ice bath and had it cool within 15 minutes.

I wouldn't trust the bagged ice you can buy, or the stuff that comes out of my ice maker, for that matter.
To me, this looks like a good idea!
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If you can afford about $30, make yourself a DIY wort chiller. 25 foot flexible copper tube, 10 foot vinyl tubing, and 4 hose clamps.
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I do partial boils. When I start to heat my water, I put three gal of distilled water in the freezer and cook as usual.
When I chill my wort, I chill it in the pot in a ice bath till it reaches 120-150 in about 10 min or less. I then dump as much of the almost frozen water into the pot as it will hold and it drops it instantly down to 70-80. I then put this in the fermenter and top off the rest of the way with the remainder chilled water till I reach 5 gal. I am always 60-70 when done.
Pitch the yeast and forget about it.


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