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Plastics are a very controversial issue, and it is unlikely that we'll have a clear consensus on longterm safety anytime soon. Some plastics are unambiguously unfit for food use (especially at high temperatures), while others are likely fine. Generally speaking, the safest plastic container for no chill brewing would be a HDPE without plasticizers. If you ...
It comes down to your sanitation and process. You want to be filling those cubes hot. This means above 190ºF. This will, to a significant degree, sanitize the inside of the container and ensure that you'll be able to store it for a reasonable period of time. Many no chill brewers go for weeks or even months before pitching yeast.
The downsides as far as I can see are (in descending order of severity) 1) Possible toxicity of the plastic. 2) Recipe alterations due to the continued elevated temps after the boil is over. 3) Risk for contamination. Right now, the current thinking is that "food safe", "heat resistant" HDPE plastics are OK for No Chilling. I am personally content enough ...
The benefit is that you don't have to chill the wort with an immersion chiller or cold bath. You can set it in the cube and leave it to reach pitching temp. The downside is that you have another vessel to clean and some people worry about the effect of not chilling your wort. Most people like the effect of cold break, but this is a new method so it's bound ...
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