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Old 01-05-2013, 03:29 PM   #11
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If your faucet connection leaks, you probably just need a new rubber hose washer. They are a couple of bucks at the hardware store. That said, I always run mine with the faucet full open. I have also found that stirring the wort continuously with a sanitized spoon while it is being chilled makes a big difference. It only takes 10 minutes to get the wort down to pitching temps. Otherwise, the chiller cools the wort immediately surrounding it while the stuff around the outside of the kettle remains hot.

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Old 01-05-2013, 03:46 PM   #12
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Don't waste the water. Run your outlet into the washing machine, a carboy for cleaning or a bucket for watering the hop plants.

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Old 01-05-2013, 03:59 PM   #13
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the more water you pump through...the faster the wort temp will drop. Water efficiency is a different question, and the answer depends on your chiller, water temp etc....slower flow might save water without increasing chill time much.

If wasting water is the issue...simply use the output. I use the output to rinse dirty equipment.....or when brewing outside run it straight into my garden.

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What about the direction of water flow through the IC? Cold water to the top coils first or to the bottom coils first.

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:33 PM   #15
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What about the direction of water flow through the IC? Cold water to the top coils first or to the bottom coils first.
Go down. There is a natural conduction (and some convection) from the bottom to the top in the middle of the pot. So the hottest wort is near the top. So get the coldest part of your IC there.
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put a crescent wrench on the nut and snug it up..you can thank me later

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