I'm curious why the batch was ruined.
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Well, here's one. Don't have a wort cooler.
I had a smaller pot before and I cut down a garbage can and set the pot in the can and ran cold water through the can while stirring the wort intermittently. Worked very well. But the new 15 gal pot won't fit.
Luckily, we got 6 inches of snow last night and it's about 28 degrees outside so I guess I'll just stack snow up around it and let it sit.
Yes, since you don't have a chiller...I'd let it cool (lid on) in the snow. Just keep packing snow around it from time to time. It should cool down in due time.
This process will make you want to buy a chiller of some sort.
Fermometer on that bucket reads 66F. I temped it with the thermocoupler- yep it was actually 57F! Seriously?!? How can a beer that has been fermenting for a week in a room with an ambient temp of 65F be at 57F?
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