Finally, I made a video.  It is not of great quality, since I don’t have a camcorder.  However, it does show my meager setup.  It DOES WORK and that is the point.  I used a brine solution at about 20%, then added 40 lbs of ice, which is about 5 gallons of water.  Ice is realatively inexpensive here at $2.30 for 20 lbs (8.5Kg).  The rate of cooling was faster than with just plain ice and water, but the extra cost of salt and the environmental impact was too much for me to attempt it again. I personally did not acheive steallar results from adding ice.  Howver, others have and others may want to try this. Check local codes for disposal of brine as some cities have outlawed it in the sewers and even run-off waterways.

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Hello, I am Kerry and I own 5th Element Brewery in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The brewery is a home built enterprise that has grown like a sore pimple, if you ask my girlfriend Denise. In my never ending battle for truth and just ICE, I made this blog. This is my first entry.

Recently, I converted to a Plate Chiller.  While no video exists, I do want to share some other photos and I will update with a video next time I brew

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