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Old 07-06-2007, 08:12 PM   #1
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I finished up a brew session yesturday in some dissappointment. I brewed up a simple hefe in which everything went well until the end. I was all set to go with my immersion chiller and a small prechiller sitting in the sink with ice and water. In the past I have not had any difficulty in getting my wart below 80 degrees within 15 min. Yesturday I could barely get it below 90 degrees. Then with the sink full of water and ice, I was making a mess. So while I was in Lowes this morning I decided to upgrade and optimize. I wound up another 20 Ft. section of 3/8 copper tubing and purchased a bucket to hold the chiller in. This way it is more modular which will also free up the sink. For now I have 3/8 threaded connections but will be upgrading to quick disconnects when I get to work and pick through all the spare stuff. The quick discos will prevent draining and water mess which will also allow easy storage without all those hose lines getting tangled.

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Old 07-06-2007, 08:31 PM   #2
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great idea... I needed one of those on Weds, couldn't get my wort cooled below 80.

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I am thinking now that I can put the pot in the sink with ice now and also have the larger chiller going.

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Old 07-06-2007, 08:44 PM   #4
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Nice. I think you just gave me the perfect idea. I'll build one like this as a pre-chiller then when the temp drops below 80, I'll drop a sump pump in and pump the cold ice water up through the IC and back into the bucket. I bet I'll be able to get my temp down into the 60's in no time. I think a trip to Lowes is in my future tomorrow morning.

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I do the same thing and it works great. I may add a pump eventually.



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Old 07-06-2007, 09:29 PM   #6
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Look great guys. I really need to get/make one of these. My last brew I filler my MLT (cooler) with ice water and after I got down to 90F I switched over to that and was able to get it to 70. Whole process took 40 minutes. I would like to cut this time down.

Where did you get the copper? I am looking for some cheapo copper to do it but it is hard to come by these days.

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How much water does a wort chiller use to say cool the wort to 70 degrees.

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I've been inspired now...a good use for the ole "ale pail"

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I just built this one...




...but I haven't used it yet. I found 25' of 1/4" tubing at a yard sale. I'm a little concerned that the 1/4" tubing will cause too much restriction. I use a plate chiller.

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So now you guys got me thinking about a pump. What if we could use a submersible pump that is in the bucket. This way it would be pumping the ice water through the coils and then back into the bucket to cool the water again. It would be a totally closed loop system in which you use less water. I wonder how much gal/min you would need out of a pump to get this down right.

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