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Old 02-20-2008, 02:36 AM   #31
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Well, I just spent around $70 at home depot for my wort chiller.
The difference is I got 50ft of 3/8"ID copper and made a double coil chiller. The first coil goes in an ice water bath in the sink, the second in the brew kettle. I'll post up times to cool a full batch after brewday this Saturday!

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Old 02-25-2008, 10:00 AM   #32
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I usually do a 2 gal. boil for a 5 or 6 gal. batch. I put the kettle in the kitchen sink filled with cold water (65F) and stir to form a whirlpool every 3 minutes, changing the water after 10 minutes. The Wort is down to about 80F. in less than 20 minutes .
I used a 7# bag of ice in the sink once and it only decreased the time by a couple of minutes.
If you're doing a bigger boil for more hops utilization, reduce the size of the boil and add most of your extracts at the end of the boil.

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Old 02-25-2008, 12:27 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by rwdr4
After the freeze I cut the bottle off the frozen water and then added it to the wort. Could this cause any issues??? Let me know. I am all about learning something so I dont scew up something. I got the idea from a walk around the Sam Adams Brewery in Mass.

Last night for sh!ts and grins I watched Jim Koch's (founder of Sam Adam's) tutorial on how to homebrew. That is exactly how he chilled his wort. He cut the plastic water bottles off of two frozen gallons and dumped his hot wort on top of that.

I used to just take cold water straight out of the tap. You're going to top it off anyway, right?
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Old 02-25-2008, 01:15 PM   #34
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I used Jim Koch's method with my last batch, instead of using my chiller.

But I used a much larger laddle then he did in the video. Instantly chilled the wort, without aeration. I actually kinda liked the method, even though every here made fun of Jim when they saw the video.

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