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Old 01-08-2010, 09:56 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I am currently gathering ideas on what cooling system to put together for my 10 gallon all grain system. I am open to most ideas so any input you all have as to what works best and what works the quickest would be most appretiated. That my ground water temp is only 65 at the coolest time of the year and it only rises in the summer.

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Old 01-08-2010, 11:47 PM   #2
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I haven't built any of these, so take this advice with a grain of salt, but here are your options:

  1. Wort Chiller
  2. Counter-flow chiller (requires a pump)
  3. "Inverted" wort chiller (requires a pump)
  4. Any combination of the above

What I call the inverted wort chiller is where you pump the wort through the coiled tubing, and that tubing is sitting in a bucket of ice water.

You might have to cycle it through a couple times to get to the desired temperature.
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:19 AM   #3
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1. Ice Bath
2. Immersion Chiller
3. CounterFlow Chiller
4. Plate Chiller (This is what I use, it chills in 1 pass to pitching temps)

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I use my MLT as an ice chamber with about a gallon of water in it.

I then pump this through my coil mounted in my BK while I also whirlpool my wort in the BK with another pump.

You need a lot of ice though. I am using a 50' 1/2" dia. SS coil

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I'd say the best is the plate chiller (I have a Therminator, which is nice). When it is hot here, I also run water through an IC which is in an ice bath, then it goes through the plate chiller. Works great.

By the way, I always use pool water to cool my wort. It returns to the pool, also, so no waste.

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I am using a 50' 1/2" dia. SS coil
Yea, but is it convoluted? Man, I just love the look of that crazy tubing.
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So what I am thinking now is that I will probably run a plate chiller with water ran through an IC in an ice bath. The question now is can I recirculate my Wert this way till I get down to pitching temp?? And yes I will be using my march pump..

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So what I am thinking now is that I will probably run a plate chiller with water ran through an IC in an ice bath. The question now is can I recirculate my Wert this way till I get down to pitching temp?? And yes I will be using my march pump..

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Sure. In fact, you'll find that your chilling times will be about the same and you'll use far less ice if you just use ground water to knock out the first 60-70' and then stick the pre-chiller in the ice bath to get it down to pitching temps.
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Yea, but is it convoluted? Man, I just love the look of that crazy tubing.
No, couldnt find SS convoluted, and I dont know how I would attach my triclamps to it if I did!
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No, couldnt find SS convoluted, and I dont know how I would attach my triclamps to it if I did!
You can use a Swagelok NPT or FNPT to tube fitting.



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