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Old 09-21-2008, 11:44 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Had an issue cooling my wort on first batch and had to let it sit overnight (covered) in a water bath to come down to temp before adding yeast this morning. How big of a problem is this? Can I expect some off flavors?

Definitely getting a wort chiller before next batch...


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Old 09-21-2008, 12:27 PM   #2
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Not a problem IMO, not ideal, but you certainly did right by not pitching warm!! Be advised a wort chiller will only get you down so far depending on the temp of your tap water. They work well in the winter, or if you are on well water.

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Old 09-21-2008, 12:53 PM   #3
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I always have a gallon of water in the fridge from the night before. It will be about 38 degrees so it will knock out the last 15 degrees.
You should be able to get the wort to 100 easily with a simple water bath in the sink for 5 minutes. Then add the gallon of cold water and boom you are down to 85.

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I always have a gallon of water in the fridge from the night before. It will be about 38 degrees so it will knock out the last 15 degrees.
You should be able to get the wort to 100 easily with a simple water bath in the sink for 5 minutes. Then add the gallon of cold water and boom you are down to 85.

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Does the water bath include ice?
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Not to be the squeaky wheel, but.... Possibly. You might have some off flavors. Cooling wort quickly is somewhat important, and inability to chill quickly plagues all of us at some point. It changes flavors in hops, on an all-grain batch it can lead to excessive DMS....

*BUT* It's done now, and the best thing to do is let your little yeasties have their meal, and see how it comes out. I would suspect that all will turn out just fine. Cheers!
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I don't know what the results will be. I'm assuming that it sat in a sanitized container all night, and then yeast was pitched at room temperature. I think it'll be ok, but I'm just not sure. Many people have had fine results doing that, I think.

If it were me, though, I'd be very cautious. I wouldn't eat spaghetti sauce that stayed out all night for example, but that's probably a different thing. I guess it would depend on how long the wort stayed in the 85-120 "dangerous zone". I'm probably over cautious, though. Many times we pitch the yeast, and it takes up to 2-3 days to get going with no harm to the wort.
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Hi All,

Had an issue cooling my wort on first batch and had to let it sit overnight (covered) in a water bath to come down to temp before adding yeast this morning. How big of a problem is this? Can I expect some off flavors?

Definitely getting a wort chiller before next batch...
I have done it once!! It should be fine. (I fell a sleep hahahahaha)

Let me tell you what I do now. (so I don't fall a sleep)

1. I fill my sink with ice and water.
2. I leave my wort in my brew pot and place it rite in the sink with the ice and water.
3. I may change the water and ice bath once or just add more ice as the old ice melts.

Usually with in 15 minutes I have my wort cooled to 72-77 degrees. I then add it to my fermenting buck and top off with water and my temp is 70-73 degrees.

I am only doing extract at the moment and this method works great for me.
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As mentioned, above, DMS and contamination are your biggest concerns. If you are using extract, and you did a typical, sixty-minute boil, then DMS probably is not much of an issue. If you pitched properly, then contamination probably is not a concern.

Since you did not get much of a cold break, you may have some clarity and stability problems down the road, as well, but nothing too severe.


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Thanks everyone for the words of encouragement. Yeast is pitched and the airlock was bubbling away within an hour. All we can do now is let it run its course and see how it ends up. I'll report back on this one in about 6 weeks!

Thanks!

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