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Old 09-12-2010, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default What to do with waste water from immersion chiller in winter?

I just started to brew in my garage and I am just thinking about what to do with the water that comes out the back end of the IC in the middle of January. I don't want it going down my driveway and I definitely don't want to carry the water into my house. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-12-2010, 09:13 PM   #2
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I currently water my yard with it. It works real nice running off my deck and through a garden hose to the sprinkler. I don't think that's going to help you much during the winter though. Maybe a garden hose to the street gutter?

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Old 09-12-2010, 09:25 PM   #3
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I use it to fill buckets full of bottles and star san to help get the labels off.

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Old 09-12-2010, 09:29 PM   #4
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I haven't had this issue yet, but couldn't you redirect the hottest to your mlt (assuming you use a cooler) to clean it out and then for cleaning out other items as you go?

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The good news is that you'll have a lot less waste in the winter since the water temp should be under 50F. If it's not, you'll better off putting two buckets of water outside while you're brewing and pump that water into the chiller.

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I saw a youtube video there the filmmaker used the runoff for laundry.

Me I just let it go on the ground.

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For this past brew, I cleaned out the MLT during the boil (dumped the grains) and then put the outflow from the IC into the MLT with some oxyclean to start my cleaning regime. I don't know why I didn't think of it before.

Soon, I hope to get a rain barrel and drain into it for watering the vaggies and stuff my wife plans on planting (someday).

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I run it down the sewer. It helps the turds slither along on their journey to the treatment plant.

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A cheap rubbermaid garbage can works well too. Heck as cold as it gets you could just let it sit in the garage and recycle it for cooling the next batch.

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I fill 5 gallon water bottles, then dump them into the clothes washer. When the washer is full of water, I use the rest when I clean the BK/march pump.

THere's really no good reason to waste the water.

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