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Old 09-06-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default Inexpensive Wart Chiller Pump Idea to Share

Yesterday I brewed ny second batch of beer. I was frustrated over how long it took me too cool dowm my wort on batch no. 1.

So I made myself the usual copper coil wort chiller. Living here in So. Cal, I did not want to hook up a garden hose and waist all of that water. So I got out my big old ice chest, froze 4 gallons of tap water, dumped that into the ice chest and filled the ice chest with water. I bought a really cheap fountain pump from Harbor Freight. Dumped that into the ice bath and circulated the water. I cooled from the boil down to 70F in under 15 minutes. Attached is a picture and the info on the pump. The bump comes with several fittings but all you need to do is cut off a piece of 3/4 ID garden hose and slip it on.

When complete, I dumped the water into the swimming pool. No wasted water.

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Old 09-06-2011, 04:22 PM   #2
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Nice work!

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Old 09-06-2011, 04:25 PM   #3
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I use the same pump in my recirculating glycol chiller that I used to cool one of my fermentation chambers, only mine is the wimpier version. I think it was like $9 on sale.

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Old 09-06-2011, 04:32 PM   #4
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I have been trying to get my chiller to move the temp below 100f. Will use your idea in a sinkfull of cold water once I hit the plateau. Harbor Freight here i come!!!

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Old 09-06-2011, 04:49 PM   #5
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Funny, I was just coming up with something similar as I wanted the water to be cooler then tap to decrease cooling times, as well as recycle the water and minimize my water waste. Since my wort chiller is set to use a garden hose, I thought to get a sump pump and drop into ice water, then have it cycle thru and dump right back into the ice water. I saw some short hoses at home depot yesterday for 6 bucks, think I will try to rig this up. Awesome!

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:24 PM   #6
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For the price, this pump is the ticket. A smaller cooler would work just as good. The water in the one shown was still very cold when we were done.

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:33 PM   #7
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I think you just built yourself a hopback without the hop portion. This setup is also used to circulate beer around in the mash tun if you worry about such things (which you shouldn't IMHO).

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are you sure draping that towel over the wort is a good idea? I figure you were trying to keep junk from falling in it, but the dowel itself is probably dirty, and it seems hardly better than leaving it open.

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A wart chiller? Like that freezing stuff to get rid of unsightly warts and blemishes?

Probably not good for your wort.

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Got the pump at lunch. The discharge is smaller than I expected. Not set up for a garden hose, more for a length of vinyl tubing. Hope its the size of the vinyl on my wort chiller. If not, Need an adapter. Also, the pump will allow me to run sanitizer through the chiller after I'm done with it.

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