Will this work??

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Aug 23, 2007
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
I have an idea. I had a "chill haze" problem with my Pale Ale. I was told that this was caused by not dropping the wort temperature quick enough. This is my plan...

I have a medium size box that I have lined with a trash can liner. I'll placed my sanatized fermenter in the box and added 1 gallon of carbon filtered water (this keeps the fermenter from floating). Next I surround the fermenter with ice and add water. Now, when the wort has finished boiling and I'm ready to chill, I just dump the wort into the fermenter. Top off the fermenter to 5 gallon (at 70 degrees). Add the yeast and seal with an air lock.

Comments please. I'm using Mutons Light Malt Extract and I really don't want the finished product to be cloudy.

you can build a wort chiller for around $35, it will cool to pitching temp in 15-20 min. If you plan on brewing into the future the procurement of one is inevitable, so why not build one now.
It took me about 20 to build mine.
Clearly you're doing partial boils, which makes cooling your wort a lot easier. How large of a boil are you doing? Usually you can avoid all the hassle by pre-chilling all your top-off water in the fridge, and dunking your brew pot in a sink of ice water for a bit. You'll need to figure out how much to cool the wort in the brew pot before transferring based on the size of your boil.
2 gallon boil...add 1oz. 6.9AAU Cascade and 6.6# LME. Boil 55 minutes...add 1oz. 6.0AAU Cascade. Boil additional 5 minutes.

My plan is to achieve a "cold break" as quickly as possible to avoid "chill haze". Especially since I'm using a Light Malt Extract. My last batch, Pale Ale, was a little cloudy, even after 3 month conditioning.

A traditional "wort chiller" is not in my budget at this time. That's why I'm looking at other possibilities.

Thanks again for any help with this.
I also do two gallon boils. I just fill my kitchen sink half full of cold water, then when the boil is done, I put the whole pot in, followed (carefully, to avoid splashing) by a whole bunch of ice (not the precision measurements) and wait until all the ice melts. Then I just pour it all (except for the sludge) into my brew tank, pitch and off we go.

A wort chiller looks nice and my LHBS has a fine looking one for about $40 but this works just fine for me and my five gallon batches.
If its a glass carboy for primary I wouldnt pour hot wort into a cold glass vessel it will shock the glass and shatter.
I used to chill 3 gallons of water to near freezing, then pour into my fermentor.
I would then pour my boiling hot wort directly into the fermentor, and it would chill it quickly down to around 70-80f to get my cold break.

However, I got a couple off tasting beers, and I came to the conclusion that this technique oxidized the wort while still hot, even if only for a fraction of a second.

Instead I just made an IC, and stuck with that. Though I wondered if the technique might have worked if I siphoned the hot wort into the bottom fermentor to get the chill, without oxidizing it?


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