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Old 10-29-2007, 02:55 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Yuri_Rage
Any CFC will work just fine. I use a pump to re-circulate icewater through mine, that way I don't have to waste so much water. I can get a 15 gallon batch into the fermenter in under 10 minutes. I'm not sure why you'd need anything that flows faster than that.
Yuri, how much ice is required to do this? I've also been recirculating ice water, but only after using the water hose to get the wort down to < 150', and even then, I melt an entire ice chest full of ice. If I started using the ice from the beginning, I don't think I would have enough ice to make it through cooling the entire 10 gal batch.
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Old 10-29-2007, 03:52 AM   #12
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I think the problem is dumping the heated cooling water back into the ice container. I'm sure your tap water is much cooler than the output of your chiller so you'd be better off topping it off with a trickle from the hose. There's a threshold I'm sure where the output of the chiller would be about the same as tap temp (say when the wort is 95F) at which time you can have it dump back in.

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Old 10-29-2007, 03:55 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Lil' Sparky
Yuri, how much ice is required to do this?
I use about 60 lbs at a minimum. I've used as much as 80. It winds up adding a little less than $10 to the cost of my brew if I go buy ice at the mini-mart. For 15 gallons of AG beer, I figure that's acceptable.
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