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Is an ice bath sufficient to quickly cool a small batch of wort?

I'll be brewing a small (1.5 gal) batch of beer soon, and in my quest for laziness efficiency, I was thinking of brewing in a smaller pot, rather than in my 7-gallon monstrosity. However, my ...
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Beer gushing at day 5 of bottling: Bottle bombs?

I bottle my beer 5 days ago, and today I just opened for a test purpose, and it gushed. It is an Ale, and instructions say I should keep it in a warm place 2 weeks before putting to cool place. ...
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Is a counter flow chiller good for cooling wort?

I'm looking into cheaper solutions then using a plate heat exchanger. A cheaper construction available that is basically just a pipe in a pipe with separate connectors. What are the pros and cons ...
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Foam is gone after fridging, Should not I fridge?

After fermentation, I put priming sugar and put them to bottles and wait for 7-10 days in bottle. I open somt They look OK, good foam and carbonation. No fancy smell or off-taste. Then I put them in ...
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Fast cooling processs for beer dispensing

first of all thanks for reading my question, so I did a jokey box a while ago, it required ice, and the kegs to be refrigeraated beforehand, it would serve rather well, sort of studied the ...
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Tips for brewing at high temperatures

I live in a tropical country and don't have an extra freezer, but I want to comeback to homebrewing. I'll dare to brew at high temperatures and would like to find ways to get a decent tasting beer. ...
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Good options for cooling during fermentation?

I'm looking for simple ways to keep my beer a stable temperature, lower than room temp, during fermentation. Are there any simple ways of doing this besides buying a refrigerator for the purpose of ...
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Counterflow Chiller Setup for Optimal Efficiency and Chilling Speed

What is the best configuration where you can decrease your chilling time/increase efficiency. I know this is a bit loaded so let me clarify. I have the standard issue 20' copper 3/8'' garden hose ...
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Where should I take the temperature while cooling wort?

Extract brewing here: After the boil, I put my pot into an ice bath to cool the wort before topping off. Generally I cool the wort to 100°F (37°C) before transferring to the fermenter. Today I cooled ...
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Temperature Control Issues

I'm testing out a brand new 200L system and found a couple of potentially disastrous but potentially easy-to-fix issues: 1) While mashing the temperature indicated on the thermometer which sits near ...
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Waited 6 Days after boil to pitch yeast, Wort had what looked like mold, what can be done?

Like the title says, after I chilled my wort I realized the kit I ordered did not come with yeast, an error on the packers fault. Because of my work schedule I wasn't able to pitch the yeast for about ...
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Cooling wort - just add water?

Is there anything wrong with simply letting the water you add to top off your wort do the chilling to bring it to yeast pitching temperature?
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Are there Cooling “Spirals” or similar devices?

Not sure if that's on-topic, but I'm converting an old barrel into a tap system. Essentially a Keezer, except that I don't like something that still looks like an appliance - a barrel is just more ...
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Plate Chiller Use

First of all, I currently use a copper immersion chiller to cool my wort. It works, but takes at least 30 minutes to get below 100 and then i transfer and put it in my fermentation chamber till i ...
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How worried should I be about a plastic-wrapped kettle that had to air chill for two days?

I was in the middle of a 7-gallon brew, when my landlord informed me that the grain that I had put down my garbage disposal had clogged the main drain for the house. My sink is too small for an ice ...
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Can I use liquid nitrogen to cool my wort?

Basically what the title says. I'd like to switch to all grain at some point but the volume of water required to cool a decent sized wort down scares me. Assuming I have access to liquid nitrogen, ...
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Is there any danger in fermenting outside?

Not having any cooling mechanism for my fermenter(s), this time of year I can get more favorable temperatures outside than inside. I'm specifically talking about ciders in glass containers, but I'm ...
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Ice the wort for fast cooling

I have seen mostly two suggestions to cool wort. Ice bath and the coil method. My friend and I were thinking about just using ice. Ie pull the ice from the fridge that uses the same water source as ...
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How quickly can you pull beer through a jockey box with a 70' coil?

I'm looking at building a jockey box with a 70', 5/16" (21.3m, 8mm) stainless steel coil (installed in a drum-style cooler.) Seems to be a good compromise between size, weight and cost. How quickly ...
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Freezer-pack-based cooling

I haven't done any brewing this summer because when I brewed some mead last summer, my apartment was very warm during the days, and I think this higher brewing temperature was related to some solvent-...
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Any difference in the metal used for a wort chiller?

I am planning to buy a wort chiller. I have used a friend's, which was copper. Now, online, I see some that are stainless steel. Is there any real difference between a copper and a stainless steel ...
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Is rapid wort chilling always needed?

There seems to be a fair amount you can get away without doing when using extract in brewing, since the extract has already gone through most of the process before being packaged (e.g. no need to boil ...
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Long cooling before pitching — aerate now or later?

This is a follow-up to this question: Long cooling before pitching -- read that for background. I aerate to add oxygen to my wort by pouring back and forth between buckets. If I wait before pitching,...
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How do you cool wort?

More specifically, what methods exist to cool your wort after the boil, and what are there respective pros/cons?
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How do you cool a lager on a budget?

What techniques would you suggest for cooling a lager during the lagering phase? Further, how important is the stability of that temperature?
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Optimal counterflow wort chiller

I am planning to build a counterflow wort chiller using a hose outside of a copper tube. There are a great variety of lengths and types available commercially and I have read that many commercial ...