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Old 05-03-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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I'm new to home brewing and its been taking me a long time to cool down my wort threw my wort chiller. I"m thinking to put a water pump into my large ice chest, filling it up with water and ice bottle, and pump that threw. has anyone tried that and if so how did it work?
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:39 PM   #2
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Sure, reducing the temperature of the water going through the chiller will help. What temperature is your tap water though - shouldn't take *that* long. It typically takes me 10-15 minutes to get 10 gallons from near boiling to below 80F using 60-65F water; the last 15 degrees down to pitching temperatures are tougher so once I'm below 80 I typically transfer to the fermentor and wait a few hours.

Stirring (gently - no splashing) while cooling helps significantly, otherwise you'll just get cool wort next to the coils surrounded by hot wort.

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Old 05-03-2014, 09:33 PM   #3
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I've read about using two immersion chillers - the first one goes into an ice/water bath to pre-cool the water. To make the ice go farther, you can not use the pre-chiller until the wort cools some from the tap water. I haven't tried this myself.

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Old 05-03-2014, 09:38 PM   #4
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I'm working on a HERMS setup with the hex coil in the HLT. My intention is to use the hex also as a pre-chiller for the tap water that runs through my plate chiller. Basically I'll just put a couple bags of ice in the hlt with a little water and then run the hose water through the hex and out to the plate chiller.

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Old 05-03-2014, 09:51 PM   #5
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I second what btbnl suggests with stirring, it makes a huge difference. I actually use a 24" plastic mash paddle in a cordless drill. I also use it to mix in my grain when I mash in. I am careful to stir gently, not at full speed to prevent hot side aeration. It works great! I've tried not stirring and it takes at least twice as long. Heat transfer happens much faster with circulation.

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