Hello, everyone. I posted this question in a forum about wort cooling, but I believe it got lost in the discussion, and I haven’t had any responses. So, I am asking again as a new topic.
I am brewing 5 gallon batch extract kits. I have a propane burner and boil kettle that allows me to start at near full volume leaving me with only ~.5 to 1 gallon top-off.
I try to start with maximum volume because the advice I’ve seen offered in this forum led me to believe that I would get a better final product. My question is, which is better, bigger volume with longer cool times but less top-off, or smaller volumes with quicker cool times but more top-off :?:
I’ve only brewed 2 batches and haven’t decided on which type of wort chiller to invest in, so I use a giant cooler full of cold water and frozen water bottles bath method for now. I cooled my last 4 gallons of wort from boiling to ~ 85° in about 25 minutes. I topped it with cold water, and waited until it was down to 68° to pitch. Which has the most influence on my beer, the higher volume or quicker cool time? Does it make that much of a difference or am I picking the fly poop out of the pepper?