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Old 07-09-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default Wort chiller - no sink hook up, other alternatives?

My B-Day was a few weeks ago and i got some northern brewer gift cards totaling $150. last night i decided to make a mass purchase of various things from beer ingeredients to T-Shirts. Among them i decided to grab a wort chiller as im tired of the ice and sink meathod.

I knew all along that i would have a problem with connecting the vinyl hose to my sink faucet since its kinda "fancy" and does not allow the removal of the faucet end to thread on a hose or anything since its a detachable sprayer and faucet in one.

Im not worried about not being able to use the sink faucet im sure ill figure something out but i wanted to get the beer community in on this to see what other people have "rigged up" aside from buying an expensive pump or running the garden hose into the house.

Worst case scenario ill just hold the end of the tube to the sink faucet and see what happens. Another idea was having a cold water bucker above the kettle and start a siphon to get te water going. We'll see how that works out.

So, if anyone has some thoughts or other inexpensive ideas, please chime in.

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Any faucets in the laundry room? Or bathroom? My wife uses a hose to add water to the aquarium from the kitchen.

Old portable washing machines had a rubber funnel-thingy with a hose that was strapped to any kind of kitchen faucet - that might work (if you can engineer something from my silly explanation).

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Where is your laundry room? Maybe the washer hook up would work, if it's in a convenient place. Or the bathroom sink?

In order to get this to work, it needs to connect to the faucet. Otherwise, the flow will be too slow and/or water will spray everywhere. Trust me on the "water spraying everywhere" bit, by the way!

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I hooked one of these splitters by my laundry sink for using my wort chiller in the winter. The splitters is attached to where my washing machine hooks up. I bought a small 5 ft of garden hose for the inlet and another for the outlet. Works like a champ!

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Or you could run a hose into the house.

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Any faucets in the laundry room? Or bathroom? My wife uses a hose to add water to the aquarium from the kitchen.

Old portable washing machines had a rubber funnel-thingy with a hose that was strapped to any kind of kitchen faucet - that might work (if you can engineer something from my silly explanation).

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Laundry room is up stairs, and we dont have one of those wash room sinks.
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My only other alternative is to tap into the pvc pipe under the sink and install a garden hose thats like 2 feet enough to attach the vinyl hose from the chiller on

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You could always run the splitter off your cold water that your washer is connected to, just put the outlet in the washer and do a load of laundry after... Waste not want not.

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You could always run the splitter off your cold water that your washer is connected to, just put the outlet in the washer and do a load of laundry after... Waste not want not.
The washer we have is on a pedestal, that would in invole pulling the 500 pound washer out, then climbing on top to connect the hose. Def not something i wanna do that often. but thanks. ill find something....
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You said fancy faucet? Does it have on of the sprayers? If so they usually screw off of the tubing and there should be a way to hook up the cooler to that. My sink has a pull out faucet that works as a sprayer. If I unscrww ir I am sure I could find the right stuff to make it work.

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