Quick question on chilling

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ChrisD123

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Hi
Planned to make a brew today....trouble is my tap etc that feeds my chiller is frozen solid as its outside. Would I be okay to chill by letting the brew stand in a my sealed fermenting bucket and leaving outside in the cold.
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Yes as long as it's air tight with an airlock on as well, if it has a tap cover this to stop creepys crawling in, i just leave mine overnight in a cool place in the house
 

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Cheers Rod...I have lids with airlocks and lids without the airlock holes...no taps. My garage is cold at the moment...and its very cold at night up here in the highlands...and through the day for that matter...currently have a covering of snow and ice outside
 

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This is the 'no chill' method which a lot of members use. Because the wort stays hotter for longer than when using a chiller you may find that more bitterness is extracted from the hops. Recipes can be altered to compensate for this, often by adding the hops later in the boil.
 

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I made a bohemian pilsner in December and just added each hop addition 15 mins later in the boil before popping the hot wort in a hdpe jerry can and leaving on my doorstep to chill overnight.

It turned out excelent, and I’ll probably no-chill my less hop forward brews in future as it shaved a good hour off my brew day!
 

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You'll be fine, Just pay note to hop additions. I 'no chill' all my beers.
Makes life easy👍
 

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I had the same problem yesterday @ChrisD123 - took me about 20 mins to unfreeze my tap/hose that goes to the garage. A combination of jugs of hot water and a blow torch eventually solved the problem. My gear was literally freezing over as I was washing it down. Good time to be doing a lager though :cool: Out of interest, where are you in the Highlands? I'm in Caithness.

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I had the same problem yesterday @ChrisD123 - took me about 20 mins to unfreeze my tap/hose that goes to the garage. A combination of jugs of hot water and a blow torch eventually solved the problem. My gear was literally freezing over as I was washing it down. Good time to be doing a lager though :cool: Out of interest, where are you in the Highlands? I'm in Caithness.

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hi mate I am on the Black Isle
 

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It turned out excelent, and I’ll probably no-chill my less hop forward brews in future as it shaved a good hour off my brew day!
I started out brewing without a chiller, and although I now have an IC, I only use it on hop forward beers. It does benefit hoppy beers, but with anything more malt based there's no discernible difference IMO
 
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