Brew Beer-Cooling the Beer

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    HopTech Homebrew Supplies owner Dan Franklin provides tips on carefully cooling the beer to room temperature.

    Dan Franklin: Hello, this is Dan Franklin owner of Hop Tech Home Brewing Supplies in Dublin, California.

    We have just finished cooking our beer and now we are going to go on to our next step which is the cooling process and we are going to take our beer once we have cooled it and we are going to move it into our settling bucket.

    This is an area you want to be careful because you are going to be dealing with hot wort. So there are two ways to cool it, either an ice bath or a wort chiller. First time brewers, beginner brewers, most of you would be using the ice bath method where we are going to take our sink, fill it full of some water, put the stopper in it, so it doesn't leak out, put the beer in it and add ice around it. This takes approximately an hour to two hours.

    We are going to use a sample pot here, it's actually now you have beer. When you have beer, when you can put your hands on it that's all you need for coolness. You are not looking to get it cold; you just need to get it to room temperature so you can transfer it over. So let's get started.

    One thing I do want to mention that's extremely important, this is a great time, a great opportunity to sanitize your buckets. Sanitation is one of the most key, most important elements of home brewing. They say sanitation, sanitation, sanitation, you are going to sanitize your holding tanks, your fermenters, your bottle.

    One of the ways of sanitizing the way that I recommend is using Idophore. Idophore is an odorless, tasteless sanitizer. You don't have to rinse it out as well. You go and put; in this case I have put some water in here. Let me show you.

    Add a little more water and then you are going to pour some sanitizer; couple of capfuls, couple of nice capfuls. It's inexpensive, you don't need a lot but once again you want to make sure you have enough in there to do the job. Take your Brewing Spoon as a perfect way to stir this in. Stir this in, by the way your caps, your spoon everything needs to be sanitized.

    Now my particular buckets have the spigot on this, so what I am going to do is I am going to fill this up over, let it overflow full of sanitizing my sink; I am going to open up the spigot as well, and we will drain that out and I will do this to both buckets. Here is a sample spigot, I am just going to open it up, let the sanitizer run through this spigot as well. So everything is going to be sanitized, and it takes an hour-and-a-half to two hours to cool your brew so this is a great time to get your first bucket ready to go.

    So let's go ahead and we are going to move the beer over, cool it down. For time purposes I am going to use a wort chiller; however, we are going to show you a demonstration how to do it in a sink.

    Also you need to sanitize your lid. So I take my lid and I turn it around and I do nicely sanitize, doesn't over affect everything, okay. And I am going to set it on this other lid face down so it's not been exposed to air.

    And what I was referring to; you are going to take your bucket, open it up, camera can get that, we are going to just let it run out, this is going to sanitize your spigot as well. Okay, the spigot guards in there and the spigot, we are going to let it run down. We want to put this lid back on here, keep anything from getting in there. And once this is done it'll be ready to put your cooled down wort at this point. And I keep saying the word 'wort'; it is now you officially have beer, the makings of beer. It's in the wort state, it will ferment out and it will become beer.

    So let's just let this run and we'll go on to our cooling of our beer.