Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > How do you save water on brew day???
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-19-2011, 01:19 AM   #1
JayWeezie
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 241
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Default How do you save water on brew day???

Just curious what I can do to save a little water. Im all for reduce reuse recycle...

__________________
JayWeezie is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 01:25 AM   #2
BBKing
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Canton, IL
Posts: 1,157
Liked 52 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 12

Default

I dont. I'm constantly wondering how I can cut down my water usage, cause its friggin insane

__________________
Black Sheep Brewery
Untamed and unapologetic
BBKing is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 01:27 AM   #3
kbuzz
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 457
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts

Default

what method do you use for chilling the wort?

The only thing that immediately comes to mind is a recirculation technique for chilling

__________________
Primary: Sour Brown, RIP Stout
Secondary:
Kegged: Pumpkin Stout
Bottled:
Future Brews: a gluten-free beer for my mother-in-law, barleywine
kbuzz is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 01:29 AM   #4
birvine
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Cochrane, Ontario, CANADA
Posts: 1,512
Liked 10 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Some use the IC waste water to fill the washer or water the lawn/garden. Brew less... just kidding!

B

__________________
Manager & Head Brewer
Swan Lane Brewery
birvine is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 01:29 AM   #5
miggedymike
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 29
Default

When I chill with my immersion chiller I use the tap water first, that gets it down halfway - the hot water from the chiller empties into my washing machine.

Then when I cant get any more cooling power from the tap water, I put a pump on the immersion chiller and put the pump with the inlet and outlet in a round cooler of ice water. This recirculates very cold water through the chiller and works well to get it down to pitch temp - when that's done, I dump that into the washer too.

I do a load of laundry usually the next day.

__________________
miggedymike is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 01:32 AM   #6
Airborneguy
Adjunct of the Law
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
Airborneguy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Isle of Staten
Posts: 10,856
Liked 838 Times on 621 Posts
Likes Given: 1105

Default

Same as above, except ALL my water goes into the washer. I use 3 buckets to chill: two with tap water which don't get recycled, then the third is full of ice which does get recycled. The first two go into the washer, and the third is sometimes split between the washer and my rubbermaid fermenting setup (if I'm using it).

__________________
Fermentor(s):
Lagering:
Bottled: Atonement Brown Porter
Airborneguy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 01:35 AM   #7
JayWeezie
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 241
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Default

I've been using an IC for the past few batches. Reason I want to save the water.

Can you save the water in a front loading washing machine?

I think i'll end up draining into a carboy or bucket for watering my garden.

__________________
JayWeezie is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 01:37 AM   #8
runningweird
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
runningweird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: State Line, PA, Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,091
Liked 85 Times on 62 Posts
Likes Given: 47

Default

I have a cistern. I pump the water out of the wort chiller into the cistern- then its used for the garden.

__________________
runningweird is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 01:43 AM   #9
Reelale
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 17,736
Liked 1373 Times on 1331 Posts
Likes Given: 55

Default

I use a sanke as a mash tun. I pump 15 gallons of cooling effluent into there for CIP water. It doesn't seem like much, but it's almost half a water heater full.

__________________
Reelale is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-19-2011, 01:44 AM   #10
miggedymike
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 29
Default

maybe a little bit, but if it's an high efficiency I would think not.

saving for the garden is a good idea as others have mentioned if you cant do the washer

__________________
miggedymike is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools