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comment Is an immersion chiller really necessary?
This is a great idea! I use jugged water as well. Our local brew shop guy says he puts a bag of ice in the bottom of his fermenter and pours the hot wort onto the ice. He claims he has never had a problem with infection but I'm still leery. Jugs, on the other hand, are sealed and sanitary. Thanks for the tip.
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comment Is an immersion chiller really necessary?
I made a batch yesterday and made a point to time it. You're all right about the last few degrees taking the longest. Using an ice bath, I was able to get the wort down to 100F in 20 minutes but that last 30 degrees took probably another 20; longer than I thought. I'm now convinced that a plate chiller is a good investment.
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comment Is an immersion chiller really necessary?
I think I have come to the conclusion that for the money, an immersion chiller isn't gaining me much over an ice bath but I am convinced that a plate chiller is the way to go. I found a bio-diesel equipment site that sells beer plate chillers for half the price of the Blichmann chillers so I think I'm going to take the leap. Of course now I have to buy a pump too.
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comment Is it okay to store cold beer at room temps after conditioning?
Aging. It carbonated in the bottles for three weeks and then went into the fridge. Cold aging has helped a lot. It clarified the ale remarkably and the fruit flavor has mellowed. It tastes and looks great with a striking rose-colored head.
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asked Is it okay to store cold beer at room temps after conditioning?