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Beerzrus 09-27-2012 01:12 AM

IC in Bucket
 
So, I used a IC when I brewed extract but when I made the switch to AG I was using gallons, gallons, and more gallons of water to get my temp down. I tried no chill... That didn't really work out and I give credit to those that can do that and get good results, way too much dry hopping for me.

I wanted to do something a little outside the box and came up with this.

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I whirlpool for about five minutes them pump my wort through this IC Bucket filled with ice water. W/ 5 gallon batches if the bucket is completely filled with ice I'm able to chill down to 76 by the time I've filled the carboy to about my desired 5.5-6 gallons. With a bigger bucket/container I'm sure I could get the temps even lower. When I'm finished pumping the ice is all melted and the water temp is equal with the carboy temp.

This works great for me but I'm always looking for improvement ideas if anyone has any...

BeardedIdiot 09-27-2012 05:01 PM

Maybe add a drain valve so that you can remove some of the water and add more ice to get the temp even lower?

Looks nice.

gizmodog51 10-06-2012 01:46 AM

i like the bucket idea.

i was thinking an old garage sale 40qt cooler but buckets store better.
BTW rock salt that ice to make water at -7.5 degree will cool fast!!
have to keep the water flowing or it'll freeze.

GD51:mug:

madchemist83 10-06-2012 01:52 AM

Crush ice and mix it with calcium chloride. Will cool fast, check that, super fast :)

Beerzrus 10-06-2012 01:02 PM

I was thinking about a drain too. The salt is a good idea, I will try that next time. -Thanks.

Beerzrus 01-02-2013 01:15 PM

Rock salt works great. Cools a 5 gal batch down in the 60s as fast as I can pump it in the carboy.

Huaco 01-02-2013 02:12 PM

A very experienced brewer in my club has been doing essentially this exact method for YEARS! Possibly even decades. He love this method because it uses very little water and is not dependent on pumps and electricity. It all works off gravity feed. He machined some plastic spacer fingers that hold the coiled tubing apart at a set distance, but he is just A-R like that.

MikeInMKE 01-02-2013 08:59 PM

Great idea. The downside to this, vs the standard IC, is that you have to sanitize the inside of all of that tubing.

I suppose you could keep the tubing filled with santizer during storage.

Huaco 01-02-2013 09:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeInMKE (Post 4739324)
Great idea. The downside to this, vs the standard IC, is that you have to sanitize the inside of all of that tubing.

I suppose you could keep the tubing filled with santizer during storage.

NO!
Just a quick soak with StarSan will do the job. OR... Run boiling wort though it for a few minutes prior to chilling.
You would not wan to store star-san in copper.

acidrain 01-03-2013 12:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Huaco (Post 4739351)
NO!
Just a quick soak with StarSan will do the job. OR... Run boiling wort though it for a few minutes prior to chilling.
You would not wan to store star-san in copper.

Isn't copper kind of copper colored?


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