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Old 06-22-2012, 01:28 AM   #11
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In the summer my tap runs 80 to 85 degrees, I've just invested in the copper to make my pre-cooler, I'll have 20 foot of copper pre-cooler feeding a 25 foot stainless steel immersion cooler. The effort to set up a pump to recirculate the cooling water once the temp hits about 90 degrees is more trouble than it is worth. I can freeze a couple of gallons of ice and throw that in to a 5 gallon bucket and set up my plumbing and let it run until the wort reaches the target temp, no setting up to run on tap water, then switching my input run from a pump and the output from running down the driveway and not killing the grass to the cooling bucket.
If I lived somewhere that had tap in the 60, or couldn't use the run off to water the grass along my driveway I might look at the extra effort, I also like not having to deal with a power cord in my brew pit in addition to all the other brew tools.

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Old 06-22-2012, 01:37 AM   #12
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The effort to set up a pump to recirculate the cooling water once the temp hits about 90 degrees is more trouble than it is worth
I use the pump the whole time, for what it's worth, so I never even get the hose out. I never liked the idea of single-using tap water just for cooling purposes.
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