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Old 02-14-2012, 10:02 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I'm looking to make a Counterflow chiller in the near future. Since we have well water and a limited supply, I'm looking to kind of make it a closed system with a cooler and a pump. What I'm wondering is what would be a good flow rate to pump the water through the chiller would be. Any suggestions on a pump to use would be great too. Thanks!

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Old 02-14-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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My water is about 50 psi. I think you need to know temp of water and how fast you are going to flow the wort, but I would think any cheap submersible pump from Harbor Freight or HD/Lowes should work. I used to pump ice water through my IC and it worked fine.

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Old 02-15-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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Does it matter how fast you pump the water through?

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Old 02-15-2012, 09:17 PM   #4
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Yes, you pump the wort & water at a rate that chills the wort to your desired temp. Sometimes you can flow both full speed and other times you might have to throttle everything down. Depends on system, water temp, wort temp, etc.

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