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John Beere 07-26-2008 05:44 PM

My New Wort Chilling Station
At the rate I'm going, I'm quickly going to run out of DIY projects around the brewery... heh. Today's project was a proper wort chilling station. I bought a Thermenator and a second March pump from Austin Homebrew during their last sale. I wanted everything compact, portable, and low to the ground - so I decided to mount them both inside a toolbox I picked up at Lowes.

Here is the result.

And a photo from the back where the tap water comes in and out. I used a quick disconnect for the tap water out since the drain plug I have installed in the wall is already rigged with the same.

About to go test it after I eat some lunch. Pretty slick, eh?

MCH 07-26-2008 05:46 PM

That looks sweet! Awesome job!

Warped04 07-26-2008 05:47 PM

That is too cool.

Boerderij_Kabouter 07-26-2008 05:49 PM

Super-slick setup! It will be easy to backflush as well. Are you going to recirculate that beast?

Chriso 07-26-2008 05:54 PM

Way too cool!!! One of these days, your brewery is going to decide it's too cool for beer, and it'll band together and start a new race of highly-refined machinery!

Compared to you and BierMuncher, my junk is real, real ugly. :fro:

Lots of brew love,
The guy who can't even operate a hammer.

Stinkonamonkey 07-26-2008 05:58 PM

Wow. Very slick! I assume you have low tap water temps?

Brew-Happy 07-26-2008 06:07 PM

Wow!! Very impressive and professional looking. I like your idea on portability in the tool box and it keeps neat and cleaner.

John Beere 07-26-2008 06:33 PM

Thanks. I'm pleased with how it turned out.


Originally Posted by Boerderij Kabouter (Post 773011)
Super-slick setup! It will be easy to backflush as well. Are you going to recirculate that beast?


Originally Posted by Stinkonamonkey (Post 773026)
Wow. Very slick! I assume you have low tap water temps?

I'm not sure what our average water temperatures are but its probably in the 70's? Gonna check that out next. Not sure if recirculation will be necessary but it is an option if it doesn't properly cool it on the first pass. Worst case, I can fill my HLT with ice, and run the tap water through the HERMS coil before it goes through the therminator. That is how I was previously chilling my wort.

Tonedef131 07-26-2008 07:26 PM

Brilliant idea to put it in the box, I love the portability of it. I plumbed mine in and mounted it on the wall, which I love, but it does leave me with only one place to brew. It's really the only way to use the therminator, before I did that I hated running hoses in and hooking everything up. Of course with all those fancy quick disconnects you got that isn't a big deal. Very nicely done.

BeerCanuck 07-27-2008 03:39 PM

That is some cool DIY skills you have there John Beere :mug:
Just wondering if the therminator could be swapped out for a filter / hop back?


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