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Old 07-27-2009, 04:19 AM   #1
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Default Immersion chiller - can you draw from ice water?

So I'm going to brew next weekend but my ground water is too warm to get me down to the proper temp. I was wondering if anyone has used a pump to get ice water into their immersion chiller, and if so how they did it. Can you just use a sump pump? Or a simple water pump, like the one below?

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Old 07-27-2009, 04:21 AM   #2
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Do a quick search for "submersible pump" and you'll find many threads on the subject. Quite a few folks do that here with great success.



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Old 07-27-2009, 04:30 AM   #3
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i just made myself a pre-chillerthat worked pretty good today with the regular water temps at about 80. just an imersion chiller before the immersion chiller which I dstuck in a bucket of ice water

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Old 07-27-2009, 04:31 AM   #4
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Awesome, thanks! I was just searching under the wrong key words... Off to Harbor Freight this week it is! Gotta love that store!

I thought about making a pre-chiller, but I think it's cheaper to buy a pump. The price of copper is really crazy nowadays! I just bought a bunch of fittings for my keggle (in 3/8") and I'm probably going spend $35 making a dip tube/bazooka screen!

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Old 07-27-2009, 07:40 AM   #5
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got mine at a hydroponic store works great.

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I use the cheapest pond pump there is at home depot and some vynil tubing. It's less than $20 and works great. Usually takes 2 buckets of icewater to get down to temp.

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Just recirculate the water back to the sump pump tub and you do not even need a pre-chiller.

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I would use tap water until you get the temp near to 100deg. It's easy to do that with tap temperatures. Plus your not wasting your ice water. Then I'd switch to the colder ice water when you reach the temps close to your tap water. if you re-circulate the first water through, you'll heat up your ice water super fast.

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I have a coil of 50 foot garden hose I submerge in ice water in a cooler. It cut my cooling time by almost 40%

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I would use tap water until you get the temp near to 100deg. It's easy to do that with tap temperatures. Plus your not wasting your ice water. Then I'd switch to the colder ice water when you reach the temps close to your tap water. if you re-circulate the first water through, you'll heat up your ice water super fast.
I figured something like this might work best. The tap water is definitely cold enough to get the temp down into the low 80s... it's just that last little bit that could use a boost!

For anyone who uses a submergible pump, how do you connect it to your chiller? Mine has hose thread fittings... Thanks!


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