Chilling Your Wort with Chris Graham – BeerSmith Podcast #107

by Brad Smith on July 10, 2015 · 0 comments

PodNew200Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer joins me this week to discuss methods for rapidly chilling your wort when home brewing beer. Chris discusses immersion chillers, counter-flow chillers and plate chillers and how rapidly cooling your wort can make better beer.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (40:33)

  • Chris Graham, the President of MoreBeer, joins me this week to discuss chilling your wort. Chris is also an instructor at the prestigious Seibel Institute, and former AHA Governing Committee member.
  • Thank you to our sponsor Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine who is still offering a 15% discount with your subscription or other items when you use the new offer code beersmith2015 when you purchase.
  • You can subscribe to the BeerSmith newsletter mentioned in the show here. Also check out BeerSmith, BeerSmith Mobile software and the new DVDs John Palmer and I filmed – How to Brew with Malt Extract and How to Brew All Grain are available now.
  • Chris shares some of his recent projects.
  • We discuss chilling your wort when brewing beer including when to do it and why its important to chill your wort rapidly to improve clarity and flavor.
  • Chris talks about how extract brewers often chill their wort including using chilled water additions and an ice bath.
  • We also discuss some off the wall options like adding ice to your wort
  • Chris covers immersion chillers which are the most popular option for home brewers
  • We talk about how to build a two stage chiller which can be used if your cooling water is not cold enough to achieve your fermentation temperature
  • Chris explains what a counter-flow chiller is and how to use it
  • We discuss the plate chiller and how it is used
  • Chris tells us why many professional brewers often use plate or counter-flow chillers
  • He shares his thoughts on “no chill” brewing where you don’t chill the wort but store it in a sterile container such as a plastic cube while it slowly chills
  • Chris finishes with a discussion of some of the new things going on at MoreBeer

Thanks to Chris Graham for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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