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Old 07-03-2007, 02:10 PM   #11
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If you have a lid for your kettle, you can also just cut notches in it so it will still sit on the pot with the chiller in there. I used to put plastic wrap over it but I like to be able to open and stir every once in a while.

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Old 07-05-2007, 12:27 AM   #12
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... I fill the bottling bucket with ice water, set it up high, open the spigot and let gravity do the work, the other hose drains into the yard, and i have a hose keeping the water level constant.... maybe i'm just cheap, but it works, and if it's not broke......
That's a pretty damned good idea with the bottling bucket!!
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Old 07-05-2007, 12:32 AM   #13
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Very nice looking!!!

I was thinking about buying one till I noticed how much water one of those uses. I just moved into a apartment which actually charges for water usage, so now I have to watch how much water I use.

Might be a good idea for me if I could find a way to recycle the water somehow.

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Old 07-05-2007, 12:40 AM   #14
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Very nice looking!!!

I was thinking about buying one till I noticed how much water one of those uses. I just moved into a apartment which actually charges for water usage, so now I have to watch how much water I use.

Might be a good idea for me if I could find a way to recycle the water somehow.
Submersible pump

Works great! Just something else to buy for your brewing arsenal.
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Old 07-05-2007, 01:15 AM   #15
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I drilled two holes in the lid of my brewpot and used ss bulkhead fittings to run the in and out of the immerson chiller through. 10 minutes before flameout I throw the lid on and sanitize the chiller. Brewpot stays covered during chilling and transfer to fermenter.

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Old 07-05-2007, 01:22 AM   #16
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Worse comes to worse, just collect the water in buckets, and then use them to fill the flush tank on your toilet. Or give your car a wash. Or water the plants. Or wash the dishes. Or give the dog something to drink out of besides the toilet. The list goes on... jk .

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Very nice looking!!!

I was thinking about buying one till I noticed how much water one of those uses. I just moved into a apartment which actually charges for water usage, so now I have to watch how much water I use.

Might be a good idea for me if I could find a way to recycle the water somehow.
I think you could use the water for clean-up. It'll be hot water. I'd think the submersable pump will work but I understand the hot water discharge is pretty darn hot, so it wouldn't be very efficient. From what I understand the discharge water can be hot enough to kill grass and burn the piss out of you. (I haven't tried it yet so I don't know that for fact.)

The counter flow chilling would be more water economical. In Chuck's book he uses his w/ gravity to push the wort through the copper tubing which is set in a ice bath, then out to the primary. I think regular stirring is required in the ice bath. That's low $$$ and simple.
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I think you could use the water for clean-up. It'll be hot water. I'd think the submersable pump will work but I understand the hot water discharge is pretty darn hot, so it wouldn't be very efficient. From what I understand the discharge water can be hot enough to kill grass and burn the piss out of you. (I haven't tried it yet so I don't know that for fact.)

The counter flow chilling would be more water economical. In Chuck's book he uses his w/ gravity to push the wort through the copper tubing which is set in a ice bath, then out to the primary. I think regular stirring is required in the ice bath. That's low $$$ and simple.
Can attest to this as my friend put his finger in the discharge on my last brew.

Burned his finger, nothing serious but it hurts.
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Can attest to this as my friend put his finger in the discharge on my last brew.

Burned his finger, nothing serious but it hurts.

hehe, the first time we used a wort chiller i was interested in whether it was working and just how hot the water coming out was.... ouch...
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so what was the total cost for building that thing vs. just buying one?

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