« on: November 13, 2013, 07:00:38 AM »
I don' t know. I made some entirely acceptable homebrew with that method. he used a grian bag for the crystal and removed it before the boil. He even chilled to below 70 before pitching yeast. pretty decent technique actually. the ice chilling is a great way to chill wort low tech.I think it was my third batch I brewed that I used the ice chilling method. I had 8 pounds of ice in my bucket, poured the 2 or so gallons of boiling wort on top. It didn't work out so well. For some reason, I thought it was a good idea to top up and pitch the yeast, just assuming the ice brought the temp down enough. But no, I felt the side of the bucket and it was warm in spots...whoops. That batch didn't turn out so well. Good times. Plus, store bought ice isn't necessarily the cleanest either. You risk contamination with that method.