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Old 04-19-2008, 05:28 AM   #1
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I made a starter tonight so I can brew a hefeweizen on Sunday. Normally, I just let the pot of starter cool until it's cool (~2 hours). Tonight, I ran it under cold water and cooled it off in 15 minutes.

A couple of big differences. The clarity was far improved, there was a lot more hot break material, and the taste was cleaner.

Which got me thinking about wort chillers. Does the ability of to chill wort quickly make this huge of a difference? I've always thought of it as a luxury item that would substantially shorten my brew days, but wouldn't make my beer better... but tonight's experiment seems to be indicating otherwise!

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Old 04-19-2008, 05:43 AM   #2
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Yes, it causes what is known as the cold break, and helps clear your beer. Chiil beer fast = good, chill beer slow = chance of infection, haziness and stability problems (bad).

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