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Old 05-11-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
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Why is it bad to add ice directly to the wort to cool it. Just thinking of ways to coll wort quickly until I upgrade to a wort chiller.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:54 PM   #2
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Mostly because you can't be sure how sanitary commercial ice is. It generally has a fairly high bacterial load. Making and adding your own ice is fine, though.
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Adding ice may introduce unwanted bacteria from the ice maker/freezer/manufacturer.
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I second the 2 above posts. Besides, why would you want to water down your beer?
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Thanks guys. I am still using extracts and a 2 gallon boil then adding water after the boil to take it to 5 gallons. That's why I add water and I figured I could just add ice right to the wort instead of putting the pot in a sink full of ice. Thanks for the advice guys.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:08 PM   #6
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I second the 2 above posts. Besides, why would you want to water down your beer?
Most extract brewers don't do full boils. They have a 3 gallon pot and top off with water.

I've used ice and it turned out fine. I only did it once though. It's a small risk. Whether it is an acceptable risk is up to you. It sure cooled it down fast! That batch probably had the best head of any beer I've made. I've wondered if the ice was part of that.
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Most extract brewers don't do full boils. They have a 3 gallon pot and top off with water.

I've used ice and it turned out fine. I only did it once though. It's a small risk. Whether it is an acceptable risk is up to you. It sure cooled it down fast! That batch probably had the best head of any beer I've made. I've wondered if the ice was part of that.
Didn't realize he was an extract brewer. Makes sense!
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I took a 1.75 qt ice cream container sanitize it. Put bottle water in. freeze it. Toss it in me wort. I only brewed 1 Gallon. It made up for a little water I lost from evap. Cooled down in 10 mins or so. Plus, I filled my sink with is water, which helped too.
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Idea...boil water and place into something like a sanitized plastic, gallon ice cream container and then into the freezer a day or two ahead of time. I'm thinking if you use hot water around the outside of the container, the large ice chunk would be removable for the purpose you're wanting. Only bad thing is I'm guessing it'd still need an ice bath so it may defeat the purpose. One way to find out I guess.

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I did not boil the water but I did filter it and sanitized the ice trays. I'm gonna try it. Took a few days but I have about 7 lbs of ice which should be about a gallon of water. I'll let you guys know how the beer turns out.
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