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Old 10-17-2008, 05:05 PM   #1
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I am a new guy, and I'm about to start my first brew. I was wondering though, what is the best way to cool your wort? I know using an immersion chiller would help, but I'm not ready to pick one of those up yet. Is cooling the pot in just ice and water the best(and only) way? should i add salt to that water(its how i chill beer really fast) or will adding salt affect the wort?

 
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:08 PM   #2
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Are you doing 5 gallon boils or are you boiling a smaller quantity and topping off?

 
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:10 PM   #3
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If you are keeping the ice and water outside of the pan then you can add salt to make it colder. It is feasible to use regular ice inside the wort, but keeping your ice sanitary can be difficult. For you, just use the kitchen sink, or better yet a large rubbermaid tub with ice and water. Stir slowly every few minutes or so.
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:14 PM   #4
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For my first 3 batches (partial boil) I did an ice bath along with putting store bought ice in the wort to cool it faster and it didn't cause any issues that ive seen so far. Two of those batches have been bottled and the other has been sitting in the primary for just shy of a month. I just put a couple pounds of ice in, stirred it, and it cooled down very quickly.
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:25 PM   #5
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The best advice I can give you is to use a put made of copper preferably, or Aluminum, both transfer heat far better than stainless steel. Stainless steel can slow down the cooling process by a huge factor. That's why in the refrigeration field coils are made of copper and not stainless steel. You are essentially looking to make a simple heat exchanger...

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Old 10-17-2008, 08:05 PM   #6
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an 8lb bag of ice is 1 gallon of water. Dump that sucker in as one of your gallons of water in order to get to 5 gallons. Get you to pitchable temps as soon as the ice is melted.

 
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:59 PM   #7
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the best way i have found in a sink is to fill it up with the coldest water you have when that water gets warm empty and continue a couple of time the on final one fill with ice stirring during this process! I can bring down a boil from 200 to 80 in about 10 - 15 minutes then top off with cool water
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the best way i have found in a sink is to fill it up with the coldest water you have when that water gets warm empty and continue a couple of time the on final one fill with ice stirring during this process! I can bring down a boil from 200 to 80 in about 10 - 15 minutes then top off with cool water
That's what I do too, but it takes me a little longer because I am cheap and make sure to get every ounce of cold out of the water before draining it.
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:58 AM   #9
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I recently started using gallon jugs of spring water for my brewing. As such I get it the day before and put two gallons in the fridge and let them get really cold.

I brew with 2 gallons in the pot for the boiling and once done I put the pot in the sink with ice water around it. Once the bottom is warm ot the touch in goes the 2 gallons of cold water. It drops the temperature fast. I keep using ice and water in the sink ot cool the pot lower and add the room temperature fifth gallon to the primary as needed.

Next batch I wil try keeping all three extra gallons in the fridge to speed it down even further and keep an extra one handy at room temperature.
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Old 10-18-2008, 03:22 AM   #10
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Bite the bullet man, and buy the immersion coils.
The longer that wort sits out there, the better chance for contamination. Even if you cover it, you still got to check that temperature and if you stir it you are open for contamination.
I connected two stainless steel immersion coils, one that goes in the wort and one that goes into a bucket of ice water. The hose water is chilled through the coils in the ice water, then run through and out of the wort. I've done the ice baths....get the coils.

 
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