From the HBD Archive
From: Martin A. Lodahl <pbmoss!mal@hplabs.HP.COM>
Subject: Icy Wort!
Date: 1989-07-31 21:11:22 GMT

In my last batch (Kolsch, by the way; I'm dying to see how it turns
out!) I experimented with a new (to me) way to chill the wort, that
I'll share, for what it's worth. I don't yet have a big enough
kettle to boil the whole wort volume, and I haven't yet made an
immersion chiller, so I've experimented with other chilling
methods that were never wholly successful. This time, I made
a quantity of ice cubes out of brewing water, observing the
usual sanitation precautions. After the boil, I put the kettle in a
cold water bath, and brought the volume up to the required 5 gallons
with these ice cubes! It brought the wort temperature down into the
40's in minutes, and gave me the best cold break I've ever had!
When I siphoned the wort into the carboy I use for a primary, it
actually made the glass cold to the touch. This was the first time
I've been able to chill the wort below room temperature, and by far
the fastest chill.

Now, the question: assuming my sanitation precautions are adequate,
are there other dangers/disadvantages to this method? If not, I
intend to use it until I can afford a big kettle ...

= Martin A. Lodahl Pac*Bell Minicomputer Operations Support Staff =
= {att,bellcore,sun,ames}!pacbell!pbmoss!mal 916/972-4821 =
= If it's good for ancient Druids, runnin' nekkid through the wuids, =
= Drinkin' strange fermented fluids, it's good enough for me! 8-) =

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