Originally Posted by jww9618
I live in Dallas too and know what you mean about high water temps. I would ditch the prechiller and get a cheap sump pump from Harbor Freight. What I do is cool my wort with ground water until about 100* then switch to ice water run through the sump pump into the IC.
A few people have noted that even using a prechiller doesn't get their ground water cool enough to chill. Plus you're going to use a lot more ice this way.
I am open to this idea. It seems more expensive though. The pre-chiller looks to be $30 new, whereas the cheapest sump pump I can find is $50. What do you put the sump pump in? Just a big bucket?
Do you have to get many convertors for the output of the pump into the IC hose? I can't tell what kind of output they have.