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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2020, 11:06:11 am »
I think Drew would tell you it works well when it's not cold.  Pasadena isn't exactly arctic!

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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2020, 11:15:32 am »
I’ve been no chilling for many years. No issues with chill haze. My garage can get to 35c in summer and I’ve fermented no chill beers up to 9 months after cubing with no issues. Really hoppy beers need some modifications but for standard hoppy beers pretty much the same ( for me anyway ). One of the best things is double batches, where you can do a blonde ale and add steeped crystal and roast malts to one of the cubes to get 2 different beers on one brew day
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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2020, 11:23:27 am »
I've done it, makes more sense on some beers as opposed to others due to handling hops. While I haven't gotten DMS it could be a potential concern to beware of depending on the malts you use, boil time, etc. If you have an IC not sure why you wouldn't just use that unless you don't like using the water.

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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2020, 11:24:57 am »

If you have an IC not sure why you wouldn't just use that unless you don't like using the water.

or are being heavily encouraged not to us a lot of water.
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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2020, 11:25:55 am »
For me I'm trying to figure out if at all what are the benefits of using an IC. If you can make the same great beer everyone else is making and cutting out a big step out of your brew day.

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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2020, 12:12:54 pm »
For me I'm trying to figure out if at all what are the benefits of using an IC. If you can make the same great beer everyone else is making and cutting out a big step out of your brew day.

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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2020, 12:37:11 pm »
True but what's the real big difference between that and doing it 12-16 hours later if you followed all the good sanitation methods. Like I said for me personally, not that big of a difference to warrant the extra equipment and water bill. Besides of course the HDPE container which had paid for it's self already when considering the water bill. Especially if your like me and you pay a sewage bill to the township that is based on your water consumption good ol double whammy in the pocket.

Just appears to be another one of those home brewing methods that fall under the category of "we've always done it this way".

To each their own I reckon

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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2020, 12:43:47 pm »
For me I'm trying to figure out if at all what are the benefits of using an IC. If you can make the same great beer everyone else is making and cutting out a big step out of your brew day.

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Because you can pitch yeast within minutes of flame out.

But if you have wort sealed in a cube you don't have to...you can wait months. If you want to.  That fits some people's schedule better.
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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2020, 12:44:52 pm »
For me I'm trying to figure out if at all what are the benefits of using an IC. If you can make the same great beer everyone else is making and cutting out a big step out of your brew day.

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Because you can pitch yeast within minutes of flame out.

And this is the main selling point for me to use an IC: being totally over and done with the brew day, and to get that batch off my mind while I plan for the next brew. But I've done no-chill before, and it works just fine. The only possible benefit of using an IC is to expose the wort to some copper to help minimize sulfur downstream. But there are other ways to do this, and I've never done a side-by-side so I have no empirical observations about whether it makes a perceivable difference. I run the cooling water off into my pool so it's not wasted.

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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2020, 01:24:52 pm »

The big thing you must watch for with the NO-Chill method is your hop additions and I move my bittering from 60 minutes to 40 minutes into the boil. I don't brew IPAs or any hop heavy brews so the additions are not a problem for me.


I run my wort through a sanitized strainer as it's going into the fermenter. That seems to catch most of the hop particles.  I haven't noticed any weird hop character or anything, but my beers tend to be make forward anyway.
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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2020, 01:40:23 pm »
For me I'm trying to figure out if at all what are the benefits of using an IC. If you can make the same great beer everyone else is making and cutting out a big step out of your brew day.

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Because you can pitch yeast within minutes of flame out.

And this is the main selling point for me to use an IC: being totally over and done with the brew day, and to get that batch off my mind while I plan for the next brew. ...

+1. It fits my schedule better to cool the wort within minutes, pitch the yeast, and get the fermenter in a fermentation fridge.

Three other advantages for me to IC: 1) I use the hot water I collect from the IC to clean my equipment.  2) I’ve eliminated plastics from my system. I don’t want to reintroduce any. 3) By the time the wort is cool enough to pitch yeast with no chill I have airlock activity. That makes me happy, happy, happy.

If no chill works for your schedule by all means you should use it.  No reason not to if that’s your desire.

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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2020, 01:58:45 pm »
For me I'm trying to figure out if at all what are the benefits of using an IC. If you can make the same great beer everyone else is making and cutting out a big step out of your brew day.

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Because you can pitch yeast within minutes of flame out.

And this is the main selling point for me to use an IC: being totally over and done with the brew day, and to get that batch off my mind while I plan for the next brew. ...

+1. It fits my schedule better to cool the wort within minutes, pitch the yeast, and get the fermenter in a fermentation fridge.

Three other advantages for me to IC: 1) I use the hot water I collect from the IC to clean my equipment.  2) I’ve eliminated plastics from my system. I don’t want to reintroduce any. 3) By the time the wort is cool enough to pitch yeast with no chill I have airlock activity. That makes me happy, happy, happy.

If no chill works for your schedule by all means you should use it.  No reason not to if that’s your desire.

I agree with you.  I have done no chill to find out if it works, and it does.  But I still prefer to chill.
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Re: Cooling the Wort
« Reply #27 on: December 05, 2020, 07:26:18 pm »
For me I'm trying to figure out if at all what are the benefits of using an IC. If you can make the same great beer everyone else is making and cutting out a big step out of your brew day.

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Because you can pitch yeast within minutes of flame out.

And this is the main selling point for me to use an IC: being totally over and done with the brew day, and to get that batch off my mind while I plan for the next brew. ...

+1. It fits my schedule better to cool the wort within minutes, pitch the yeast, and get the fermenter in a fermentation fridge.

Three other advantages for me to IC: 1) I use the hot water I collect from the IC to clean my equipment.  2) I’ve eliminated plastics from my system. I don’t want to reintroduce any. 3) By the time the wort is cool enough to pitch yeast with no chill I have airlock activity. That makes me happy, happy, happy.

If no chill works for your schedule by all means you should use it.  No reason not to if that’s your desire.
Awesome, nice to see some reasons that did not  include the usuall boogeymen that accompany procedures that challenge the home brew status qou

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