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Old 03-24-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default Need pump to circulate ice water

Was given this link for a submersible pump. The link shows two pumps sold separately.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012V1PX2/

Which pump to get? The yellow one pumps 66 GPH and the blue one pumps 132 GPH.

What pump do you use and how much does it pump?

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Old 03-24-2012, 08:07 PM   #2
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Is this for a swamp cooler? If so, the smaller one is fine.

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Old 03-25-2012, 01:25 AM   #3
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What is a swamp cooler? Will be brewing in the garage with no running water. I plan to put the pump at the bottom of a 10 Gal Igloo cooler, half fill with ice, top off with water and pump the ice water through an immersion cooler to cool the hot wort. Tubing will be 5/8" ID.

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Old 03-25-2012, 01:26 AM   #4
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The larger pump give you more flow, thus faster cooling.

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I use this one:

http://www.harborfreight.com/158-gph...ump-68396.html

It feeds my plate chiller. If you brew 10 gallon batches, you will probably need a bigger cooler. I use my 70qt cube (17.5 gallon), and I have to refill it.

When the boil is about finished, I put two bags of ice in the cooler and fill it with water. When the water gets below about a third full, I add another bag and add water as needed.

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Old 03-26-2012, 05:51 PM   #6
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I too use a recirc pond pump in a bucket for chilling. I use cold tap water until temp is down to 120 or so, then add about 4 trays of ice into the water bucket. At that point I switch to recirculating the cooling water back into the ice water. Works pretty well!

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