General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What was your last change in your procedure that you feel was beneficial?« on: August 20, 2012, 07:32:26 AM »
My last change in procedure was to eliminate two pumps from my regular brewing activities. I got rid of a sub-pump used to recirc ice-water through my IC in the warm-weather months and the march pump for general recirculation and transfer of wort.
Now I just use frozen 20oz PET (soda) bottles to chill the wort down to ale or lager temps. Have found it to be more effective and just as fast if not quicker in cooling the wort down to desired pitching temps!
Through these changes I have accomplished savings in time and effort and have removed the need to make ice, and use a cooler/bucket, two pumps and corresponding hose. I no longer have to move, hook-up or clean these particular pieces of equipment. Also there has been a reduction in mess and spilled wort or water.
Euge, that is a great idea. How many bottles does it typically take? I assume just a good spray of StarSan?
I was about to buy a pump to make a recirculating ice bath. Just saved me $100 and a lot of time......