Originally Posted by RaoulDuke
Thanks. I do partial boils and also have been surprised a few times by the hot break.
I suck at this it's not even funny. I think one of my main errors is pitching the yeast too soon. I generally start around 9PM. Since I have no cooling capabilities besides an ice bath, i usually loaf around waiting for it to cool down.....and by 1 AM I'm sick of waiting and pitch it in.
A few days before brewing, boil some water and freeze it in a few containers. When you're done boiling the wort, throw the ice in it (without the container
I get my wort cooled within 20-30 minutes that way. One guy told me I was nuts for doing that, but it works and I've never had an infected batch from it.