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Old 08-07-2011, 11:05 PM   #1
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First off, want to say hi as this is my first post here on the forums.

I am wanting to start brewing my own beer, and in doing research and trying to visualize how the process will actually work in my kitchen, I realized that I have a rather big snag.

NONE of the faucets in the house are threaded, or have any way to connect a hose, thus making chilling my wort near impossible. There is a hose bib outside.... but that would be THE absolute LAST resort. Anyone got any good work around for this? anybody with a similar experience?

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Old 08-07-2011, 11:08 PM   #2
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On most standard faucets you can remove the faucet aerator and buy an adapter that screws into it's place that you can then connect a hose to. That's what I had to do and it works fine.

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Judging from your location, you could probably get away with a simple ice bath to chill things down, especially for the first few batches while you get a feel for the process itself. My first year or two of brewing, I simply did partial boils and dumped onto a few pounds of ice directly to chill. I'd strongly recommend doing something along those lines yourself for a few batches before you invest in additional equipment.

That's not to say you'll never want to upgrade; just that in the early stages, I think getting comfortable with the brewing process itself is far more important than jumping directly to optimizing your cooling technique .

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Buy a cheap aquarium pump and put that in a bucket, run a hose from the pump through an immersion chiller and have the output hose going into your sink.

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On most standard faucets you can remove the faucet aerator and buy an adapter that screws into it's place that you can then connect a hose to. That's what I had to do and it works fine.
+1. It's like a three dollar part at any Home Depot or equivalent.
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+1. It's like a three dollar part at any Home Depot or equivalent.
that would be the simplest option... if things ever worked that way for me. but all the faucets are the kind where you pull out the head, and it has a "shower" head so you can choose a stream or a shower. I looked at it and there is no way it will work.

I really didn't want to do the ice bath method, but that may be what I have to do
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Buy a cheap aquarium pump and put that in a bucket, run a hose from the pump through an immersion chiller and have the output hose going into your sink.
thanks for the idea, I might have to look into that one...
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My first few batches, I would buy a two gallon container of spring water and chill it to 34 deg in the coldest part of my refrigerator. That plus a brief ice bath brought the wort down to 70 in 20 minutes.

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If you're doing partial boils, ice baths are fine. It's just when you start trying to chill more than 2.5 or 3 gallons that it becomes a total PITA, in terms of how much ice you need, how long it takes, and trying to move a full pot of boiling wort to the sink.

The aquarium pump should work fine. As an *extreme* solution, I've heard of people adding a "T" under the sink to hook up their immersion chillers, but that's obviously a much bigger project that you'd need to do, just starting out. If you're handy with a propane torch, it's an option.

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that would be the simplest option... if things ever worked that way for me. but all the faucets are the kind where you pull out the head, and it has a "shower" head so you can choose a stream or a shower. I looked at it and there is no way it will work.

I really didn't want to do the ice bath method, but that may be what I have to do
I had the same problem as you, and I do full boils. I actually had a sink capable of it in the basement, but it would be too dangerous carrying 5gal of hot wort down the stairs. I needed to use my main kitchen faucet.

So I did a workaround in a fairly literal sense. I installed a tee on the cold water pipe just underneath the sink, and then put a ball valve on it (and a garden hose adapter on the valve).

Not only did this give me a cold water source right beside my stove, but because I installed the tee on the rigid 1/2" section of pipe (before it gets reduced to 3/8ths for the faucet), the flow is WAY faster than it would be with a faucet.

In fact, I'm moving in 2 weeks, and even if I CAN just screw an adapter into the faucet at my new place, I'm still going to tie into the 1/2" pipe, because it's just so amazing. I assume it'd also be great for people who don't want to just leave the adapter in the faucet 24/7, but also don't want to have to switch it every time. But the improvement in flow is reason enough for me... a faucet just doesn't compare.
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