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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #30 on: November 10, 2009, 07:45:02 AM »
50' IC prechiller hooked up to a therminator.  on the wort side, the wort runs through the therminator and then through a post-chiller (25' copper coil in an icebath).

Yes it is complex and crazy and perhaps Rube Goldberg-ish, but I have freaking >80df groundwater most of the year. 

Using this method, I can get my 12gal of wort below 60df within 20min and aerate and pitch for ales immediately after I dump the CB, or only have to wait about 6 hours to get it below 50df for lagers.

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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2009, 08:55:41 AM »
Blatz - 80 degree ground water  :o

Wow that is warm water. I guess it's the region you reside in.  :-\

Whereabouts in Florida do you live?
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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #32 on: November 10, 2009, 09:02:41 AM »
I use a 50' 1/2" copper immersion chiller.  Seems to work great in getting the temperature down in a 15-20 minute time period.

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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #33 on: November 10, 2009, 09:22:56 AM »
Blatz - 80 degree ground water  :o

Wow that is warm water. I guess it's the region you reside in.  :-\

Whereabouts in Florida do you live?

yeah - its not always 80,  - during the so-called Fall and Winter months, it can be ~70. 

I live in the Palm Beach Gardens/Jupiter area which is about 80 miles north of Miami, to give you a reference point. 
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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #34 on: November 10, 2009, 11:04:03 AM »
Blatz - 80 degree ground water  :o

Wow that is warm water. I guess it's the region you reside in.  :-\

Whereabouts in Florida do you live?

yeah - its not always 80,  - during the so-called Fall and Winter months, it can be ~70. 

I live in the Palm Beach Gardens/Jupiter area which is about 80 miles north of Miami, to give you a reference point. 

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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #35 on: November 11, 2009, 11:05:26 AM »
This may be the largest IC I've ever seen....

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/11/massive_wort_cooler.html

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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #36 on: November 11, 2009, 11:06:50 AM »
That is cool. I want one.

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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #37 on: November 11, 2009, 11:09:25 AM »
That's what I call a real 6-pack chiller Denny
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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #38 on: November 11, 2009, 11:29:57 AM »
I'm sure it cools fast, but you're going to need a lot of head space in your kettle to allow for the wort displacement when you drop that bad boy in. 

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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #39 on: November 11, 2009, 11:41:55 AM »
The website says he uses it in a 22 gal. kettle, but there are no pics of it in action.
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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #40 on: November 11, 2009, 11:52:17 AM »
Heh. Does he run glycol through that beast, too?

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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #41 on: November 11, 2009, 12:04:31 PM »
There's the mother of all IC's. It looks like it would be difficult to make yourself.
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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #42 on: November 11, 2009, 12:32:33 PM »
Na Zdravie

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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #43 on: November 11, 2009, 02:03:43 PM »
A thing of beauty!

Great link!  I like the step by step.

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Re: How do you chill your wort?
« Reply #44 on: November 11, 2009, 05:51:20 PM »
I usually use a 25' copper immersion chiller, on hose water (Denver has nice cold water) until the wort hits 90F or so, then I switch to a pond pump recirculating ice-bath (or, better yet, snow) through the chiller.

However, I'm going to spend the next few brews experimenting with no-chill methods like many Australian brewers use. I brewed my first no-chill batch on Sunday, and I think I'll be pitching the yeast tonight, provided my starter crashed out well enough to decant over today.

Here's a link to a great thread on the topic.http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/exploring-no-chill-brewing-117111/