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Old 11-02-2010, 05:12 AM   #1
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Anyone know of any environmentally friendly ways of using a wort chiller (the copper ones that you run tap water through)? Just finished brewing and that is A LOT of water going down the drain. I kept refilling a spare 5 gallon bucket and dumping it into the yard so it at least waters the lawn! But beyond that, anyone have any clever ideas???

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Old 11-02-2010, 05:20 AM   #2
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Run it slower. If the wastewater is cool coming out you're wasting a lot of water.
Reuse water for cleaning equipment.
Use it for a load of laundry.

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Old 11-02-2010, 05:20 AM   #3
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You can try to recycle it through the chiller with an ice bath (to recool) and a pump to recycle it back through. I don't but just a thought.

Other than watering lawn the really only other uses would be cleaning or general water use (bathing...kinda sponge bath) since you don't want to consume that water or brew with it as people have mentioned off flavours that come out wig hose water

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Anyone know of any environmentally friendly ways of using a wort chiller (the copper ones that you run tap water through)? Just finished brewing and that is A LOT of water going down the drain. I kept refilling a spare 5 gallon bucket and dumping it into the yard so it at least waters the lawn! But beyond that, anyone have any clever ideas???
Yes. You can use a bunch of it for wash up of your equipment. You can also install rain catchment vessels to help salve your green *ss conscience.....
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:27 AM   #5
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I use mine to fill my clothes washer and wash/rinse off equipment.

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Combine it with an ice bath and as it comes down pump the bath through it to reduce the amount of water you need to hit your target temp. Also, run the water off into a garbage can or buckets or whatever so you can use it for cleaning. After all it will be hot and ready to go.

It is just water. You can do whatever you want with it though really. Water your garden, wash your clothes, fill the tub and wash the dog, whatever.

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Leave it on the shelf, and no-chill the hot wort in a cube?

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Cleaning/filling cleaning tub. Done!

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As someone mentioned, get a secondary 5 gal pail, a cheap liquid pump (pet stores have them in the fish section), and a bunch of ice... Recirculation system.

If you don't wanna waste water/ice, use water frozen in gatorade bottles (or something of the likes) for ice cubes.

You're always going to have some waste.. But water is cheap and renewable.

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Old 11-02-2010, 07:11 AM   #10
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I will use about 30-35 gallons of what starts out as 55F well water to chill a batch of beer to <70F. There's not much that can be done about that. I pour the water on bushes, hop plants, or anything else that needs watering, but the best thing I could probably do is to introduce a recirculation system. We have an old cistern in which the water is going to be about ground ambient (55F), and I could just put a submersible pump into the cistern, pump the water through the chiller and have the outflow routed back into the cistern. Certainly a workable system, with minimal investment and no waste water.

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