|Forty Feet Of 3/8 Inch Soft Copper Tubing|
|Wort Chiller, Pre-Chiller And Sink Connections|
|Cooled Wort Drained Into Fermentor For Pitching|
|Cold Break At Bottom Of Boilpot Wort Transfer Is A Breeze|
I chose to brew my Screwy's 420 Special Wheat for the first time using the new setup, it's an all grain light citrusy summer wheat beer fermented with WLP-001 American Ale yeast and dry hopped with the addition of some nice 'C' hops for extra aroma. I've brewed this recipe several times now using both WLP-400 Belgian Wit Ale and WLP-001 American Ale yeast strains and the differences between the two are striking.
|Third Generation House Strain Of WLP-001|
The WLP-001 ferments clean at 68-72F leaving plenty of room for hop aromas and other flavors to come through whereas the WLP-400 adds a lot of it's own character to the same ingredients making for a 'heavier' beer. Either way I love them both and look forward to drinking this batch in about three or four weeks.
|Screwy's 420 Special Wheat - Light And Citrusy Summer Ale|
Having cooled my wort for years using the combined wort chiller and ice bath method I can say without a doubt that the combined pre-chiller and chiller method just flat out works better. The main irritation I had with the ice bath method is that without constant stirring or circulation the water in the ice bath nearest to the pot wall gets really hot while the water further away stays colder. That thermal insulating effect combined with the 70-72F water coming out of the faucet made the last 20-30 degree drop in wort temperature take forever.
When cooling down boiling wort using the pre-chiller the initial drop in temperature from boiling to around 110F happens really fast but the real magic here is watching the remaining drop in temperature from 110F to 68F continue to tick down steadily. The final drop to pitching temperature happens a lot faster than when using just the tap water that hasn't been pre-chilled first.