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Old 01-13-2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default Chiller upgrade

I have a 3/8" 25' immersion chiller from grape grain and bean and have switched to 10g batches. Even with the temps at 40f out it still took almost 40 min to go from boil to ~70f. Would it be worth it to just build a 50' one? I am worried about the summer months when the ground water will be higher. I do not have a pump and do not plan on getting one for a bit.

So I guess my cheap a** just wants to know if just going to 50' will be worth it.

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Old 01-13-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
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I just switched to a 30 plate. Same times as yours eith an ic. Now its pitching temp in 5 min

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I just switched to a 30 plate. Same times as yours eith an ic. Now its pitching temp in 5 min
Are you recirculating with a pump?
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Just recirculate with pump for sanitizing and cleaning. Pa groundwater temps are around 45

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I do 10 gal batches and found a fountain pump that i submerge in a bucket of ice water and run thru my I.C. I use frozen water bottles to. Just get the wort down to about 100f with ground water first. So thats probably as well as u will do in the summer. I just bought a 30 plate that i will be using this summer when the sculpture is ready.

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I do 10 gal batches and found a fountain pump that i submerge in a bucket of ice water and run thru my I.C. I use frozen water bottles to. Just get the wort down to about 100f with ground water first. So thats probably as well as u will do in the summer. I just bought a 30 plate that i will be using this summer when the sculpture is ready.
I have seen the "fountain pump" talked about before but I guess I am not picturing it. How is it connected to the IC?
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turn your immersion into a counterflow chiller. You already have the expensive part (25' copper). Just need a rubber hose and some fittings for the input/output. Very easy to do. I built 2 in about 2 hours while teaching myself how to solder copper.

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I have seen the "fountain pump" talked about before but I guess I am not picturing it. How is it connected to the IC?
Fountain pump is submerged in a bucket of ice water. On the pump u would attach a hose to protrude out of the top of the bucket with a male hose fitting on it. Connect that end to the female hose fitting of your I.C. . That way u pump ice water through your chiller. Just get your wort down to 100f with tap water first.
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Fountain pump is submerged in a bucket of ice water. On the pump u would attach a hose to protrude out of the top of the bucket with a male hose fitting on it. Connect that end to the female hose fitting of your I.C. . That way u pump ice water through your chiller. Just get your wort down to 100f with tap water first.

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I've used a submersible pump in ice water too, but found that the pump would heat the water it was in. It was a tad counter-productive. I'm trying to figure out a better method. I am wasting too much water during the wort-chill. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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