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With a water bath, stirring is your best friend. Both the wort inside the kettle and the water surrounding the pot. Similar to the method John mentions about removing the pot and adding new water to the sink, the rubber stopper for our sink has a slow leak in it, so the water naturally drains. Just keep piling the ice or snow into the sink and stir. If you can find a cheapo pond pomp, this alleviates the stirring.
If you are trying to cool a full 5 gallon, I'd really suggest some type of chiller (immersion, cfc, plate). that will really speed up the process.
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What ever you do don't use ice cubes from a tray in your freezer. The inside of fridges/freezers is not a sterile environment by any means.
Now I use a counter flow. One of my best home brew investments.
Now, with all grain, I use a Chillzilla, and I could never go back.
BrewerJeff wrote:The general concern is those bottles can have very smalls scratches that are a great place for bacteria to hide out. Even if sanitize, it's still difficult to ensure the solution actually gets inside of the those little cracks and the bacteria can survive.
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