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Old 11-19-2012, 02:45 AM   #11
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Commercial breweries often recapture chiller water for brewing - BUT you need to make sure to filter it to remove chlorine.
But they are most likely using that water for the next batch straight away.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:47 AM   #12
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Not necessarily - I know breweries that just store it in a dedicated hot water tank.

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Old 11-19-2012, 03:00 AM   #13
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If you double batch it's perfect. The spent water from the chiller goes straight to the HLT at well over 100*. Saves water, and energy from not having to heat the water as much with a burner for your second batch.

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Old 11-19-2012, 03:59 AM   #14
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But are there ever any questions when you want to upgrade the brewery?
Not at all, She loves my wheat beers.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:25 AM   #15
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Dunno how warm your ground water is or how fast your flow is through your chiller but I generally chill 23L of wort to sub 20 degrees celsius with only about 30L of water. That's if I use a chiller. You could always embrace the Aussie way and no-chill into an HDPE water storage cube!

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OK, now I'm going to have to figure out how much water my immersion chiller uses. If I'm dumping 50+ gallons I may have to capture some of the very abundant rain water and get a pump.
A 50 gallon drum with one gutter drain running into it would be an endless supply around here.
It would have to be a cheap pump to make it worth it though.

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Dunno how warm your ground water is or how fast your flow is through your chiller but I generally chill 23L of wort to sub 20 degrees celsius with only about 30L of water. That's if I use a chiller. You could always embrace the Aussie way and no-chill into an HDPE water storage cube!
Sounds like you're awfully lucky. Ground water here in the summer is 25-26 easily. I usually have to finish chilling with my IC.

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OK, now I'm going to have to figure out how much water my immersion chiller uses. If I'm dumping 50+ gallons I may have to capture some of the very abundant rain water and get a pump.
A 50 gallon drum with one gutter drain running into it would be an endless supply around here.
It would have to be a cheap pump to make it worth it though.
Submersible's are pretty cheap. I'm not sure I'd use water that's been sitting stagnant too long though for chilling if that's what you're implying. That kind of water can get a lot of nasties in it I wouldn't want coming near my equipment.
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OK, now I'm going to have to figure out how much water my immersion chiller uses. If I'm dumping 50+ gallons I may have to capture some of the very abundant rain water and get a pump.
A 50 gallon drum with one gutter drain running into it would be an endless supply around here.
It would have to be a cheap pump to make it worth it though.
Checkout the pond pumps at Lowes/HD/etc.
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The next time I brew, I'll have to figure out how much I'm using. I'd love to figure out a way to capture rain water, but it doesn't rain enough year-round (where I am) to use that reliably. It'll certainly be something worth looking into for when it DOES rain. Filtering will be absolutely necessary, of course.

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Old 11-19-2012, 01:21 PM   #20
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Hey - thanks for posting this. I'm getting ready to use an IC for the first time on my next brew, so it's good to have an idea of how much water it will use.

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I read my meter before and after it was around 300 gallons.
Your meter must be different than mine, mine measures in "units" not gallons (1 unit = 748 gallons), so it would be very hard to accurately measure this way.

Looking at a recent bill and doing the math, it looks like my city currently charges about 1.3 cents / gallon. So 60 gallons comes to around 78 cents. That's much cheaper than the two bags of ice per brew I've been buying for ice baths!

If you're worried about "wasting" it, I read that the average shower head puts out about 2.5 gallons per minute. Assuming you brew once a month and shower daily, just cut one minute or so off each shower, and that should more than offset for the water used cooling your brew.
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