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Old 04-14-2008, 02:06 AM   #1
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Hey guys. I haven't been around in a while. Hope everyone is doing well
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I am trying to figure out a cheap way to chill wort rapidly down to 50 or below when I make my lagers. I have toyed around with the idea of buying another immersion chiller and submerging it in a bucket of ice water. Then running ground water out of a spigot, through the submerged chiller, and them into my existing chiller in the wort. Any one ever tried it before?

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Old 04-14-2008, 02:11 AM   #2
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Thats how I used to do it, before I went to a CFC. I purchased it with the prechiller. It worked great.

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Spend the money on a 500 GPH submersible pump instead. Drop that directly into the icewater bucket and pump it through your chiller.

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Cool...thanks. That's a heck-of-a-lot cheeper than buying a pump and all the nescessary fittings.

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Prechillers, yeah, I know some people have used them. They're a necessity for a lot of folks in hoter climates. The other thing that I'm planning on doing soon is to hook up a cheap pump to the chiller so once I've got the wort down to ~80° or so (the easy part), I can recirc ice water through the chiller. That's how I've seen The Good Kaiser chill his worts down before pitching.

Might be a little cheaper to go that route rather than buying a buttload more copper. Just need to figure out how big a pump I would need (doesn't have to be a fancy, food-grade March pump, I'm thinking just a pond pump, it's only going to be pumping water). That and a couple disconnects, I'll be golden.

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I just did a google search and found thishttp://www.premiumpowersports.com/Ru...ump-p-261.html

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This 200GPH pump from Lowe's rocks. I only need 2 20# bags from Sam's club and it works great.





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I've been meaning to ask the question, is 200 GPH enough? I'm not smart enough to wire up up the pump from the marine supply place without killing myself, so I'm looking at buying a pump. 500 GPH pumps at Lowes/Depot/etc. are getting pretty near half the price of a full-bore March pump (which would then let me get out the CFC I have collecting dust). But, 200 GPH, we're getting to a reasonable price.

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Thanks for posting the pics, EdWort. This project is on my to-do list before summer comes along.

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The pump option is actually cheaper than the copper would be for a prechiller and I promise it will work better too.

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