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Old 08-27-2010, 02:18 AM   #1
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Default Submersible pump ?

I have a 50 ft. 1/2 inch immersion chiller and am wondering what size pump I need to 10-12 gallon batches. Is a 1/6 horsepower good enough?

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-half-hp-clear-water-pump-with-float-94648.html

This seems like a good deal but I don't know if it will be powerful enough...



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Old 08-27-2010, 02:35 AM   #2
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With power to spare. You could get away with 1/25th HP.



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Old 08-27-2010, 01:01 PM   #3
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I think mine's a 1hp 330gph pump. It rockets water through my 50ft chiller.

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Old 08-27-2010, 02:02 PM   #4
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I just picked up the same pump, gonna give it a go soon.

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Old 09-04-2010, 12:25 AM   #5
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what are you pumping water from? Does it run your water bucket dry since it pumps out way more water than your hose refill it with.

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@ crlova - I have the same size immersion chiller. I can go from 200 deg to 70 in about 15 minutes. I freeze a few blocks of ice in large Tupperware containers two days before I brew. I run ground water from the hose through the chiller until the wort hits about 120 then connect the chiller to the pump. Then I recirculate the chilled water through it. Ice cold water does the trick every time and no wasting gallons of water. GREEN BREWING!

I use this pond pump from Lowes:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_8430-48650-FP500_4294857871_4294937087?productId=3044403&pl=1 &currentURL=/pl_Pond%2BPumps_4294857871_4294937087_?cm_cr=Fount ains%20and%20Ponds%201.2-_-Web%20Activity-_-Fountains%20and%20Ponds%201.2%20A2%20Activity-_-SC_Fountains%20%20Ponds_Area2-_-49116_2

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How are you guys attaching this to the wort chiller?

I recently bought a pump, and was disappointed to see it didn't have a standard garden hose attachment on the outlet.... its more like a 3/4" barb. I figure I'll have to take a trip to the hardware store to rig something that'll attach to the standard garden hose adapter on the wort chiller... any ideas?

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Hose repair dealie and a section of appropriate-size hose.

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Hose repair dealie and a section of appropriate-size hose.
Awesome. Thanks!
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I got a brass barb I screw onto the pump. Then I just use hose clamps to attach my hose to the chiller. I'm using 3/8" ID hose and not garden hose....



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