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Old 07-21-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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I've got a 3/8" 50 ft immersion chiller, and am looking at getting a pump so I can recirculate an ice bath through it after the hose water gets my wort down to around 90 or so. The top of my chiller is usually about 3-4 ft off the ground, and I was wondering if either of these pumps will work well for my purposes:

http://www.amazon.com/Wayne-RUP160-6.../dp/B0009X8O2E

http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Pump-...ref=pd_cp_hi_3

I'd like to get the pump from Amazon, as I have a gift card to use, but does anyone have any experience with either of these pumps, or have any words of wisdom?

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Old 07-21-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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I can't speak for either of those pumps. I use a 300-500 gph fountain pump that I got from Lowes. It works great..

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Old 07-21-2012, 08:00 PM   #3
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I dropped my 1/6 horse submersible pump in a bucket of starssan to see if it would work. It promptly shot me in the face with starsan at high speed and painted the ceiling of my garage, which is 10' high. Haven't gotten it set up yet but me thinks it will do.

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Old 07-21-2012, 08:13 PM   #4
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I bought a cheap submersible pump from Northern Tool for other uses, and it works GREAT with recirculation water and the wort chiller. See www.northerntool.com and search for #10898. It's 1/8 hp and pumps 1268 gph. Very useful for other purposes, as well.

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Cool guys, thanks for the responses. I'm sure all of these pumps are made to handle much heavier work loads than I'll be giving them.

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I dropped my 1/6 horse submersible pump in a bucket of starssan to see if it would work. It promptly shot me in the face with starsan at high speed and painted the ceiling of my garage, which is 10' high. Haven't gotten it set up yet but me thinks it will do.
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scoppi - did you end up getting either of those pumps?

I'm looking at the Superior Pump on Amazon.

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scoppi - did you end up getting either of those pumps?

I'm looking at the Superior Pump on Amazon.
Yep, I ended up getting the Wayne one and have used it a few times now. It works great without any issues. I really do think these types of pumps are overkill for our applications, so I'm sure the Superior one would work just fine.
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Awesome, overkill is what I'm looking for. Faster chill makes weeknight brewing more doable for me. Thanks for the prompt response.

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I've got a 3/8" 50 ft immersion chiller, and am looking at getting a pump so I can recirculate an ice bath through it after the hose water gets my wort down to around 90 or so. The top of my chiller is usually about 3-4 ft off the ground, and I was wondering if either of these pumps will work well for my purposes:

http://www.amazon.com/Wayne-RUP160-6.../dp/B0009X8O2E

http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Pump-...ref=pd_cp_hi_3

I'd like to get the pump from Amazon, as I have a gift card to use, but does anyone have any experience with either of these pumps, or have any words of wisdom?

Thanks
I forget the name of my pump, but I have one that's very similar to the second one in you post.

Using fairly warm tap water for 10 and then 5 minutes of the pump recircing 5 gallons of ice water, I can get my five gallon wort down to around 62-64 in 15 minutes from flameout.

Good luck.
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I got mine from harbor freight for a great price. I use it for both my immersion chiller and as a keg/carboy washer. I think it was a 1350 GPH.

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