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Old 07-27-2008, 04:08 PM   #11
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Slight modification to the design... I realized that when I uplugged the hose from the wort chiller it was going to leak inside the box - so I extended it with a short hose. For now, I had to use brass fittings between the pump and chiller but it's been pickled - I don't think it will give me any trouble. Just a shame as that is the only brass in my entire setup.

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Old 07-28-2008, 01:40 PM   #12
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Really nice project!

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Old 07-28-2008, 02:08 PM   #13
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The only downside I see is that the pump is completely dedicated to chilling where I find myself using it for everything. I suppose you don't have a brew sculpture to mound this stuff to, in which case it's a great idea.

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Old 07-28-2008, 02:13 PM   #14
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The only downside I see is that the pump is completely dedicated to chilling where I find myself using it for everything. I suppose you don't have a brew sculpture to mound this stuff to, in which case it's a great idea.
Yeah, I've dedicated this pump just for this purpose - overkill, I know - but I have another mounted to my rig which handles everything else. You can see it, and the chiller in action, here.
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You should mount a Blichmann Thrumometer on the outside of the chiller so you can see the temp of you wort.

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Old 07-28-2008, 02:43 PM   #16
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You should mount a Blichmann Thrumometer on the outside of the chiller so you can see the temp of you wort.
You read my mind... ordered one this AM. heh
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You read my mind... ordered one this AM. heh
Right on, I use one with my therminator and it is great to be able to sit there and adjust the throttle of the water and see its effect on my wort in real time. You will love it.
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Right on, I use one with my therminator and it is great to be able to sit there and adjust the throttle of the water and see its effect on my wort in real time. You will love it.
You throttle the water? I always throttled the wort. Even at full flow of water right from the hose, there are times were I can't have the wort at full flow (if the groundwater temp isn't cold enough).

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Nicely implemented. I have toyed with this idea too, only keeping the pump connects separate from the chiller. I currently have everything mounted to an old stool.

I definitely couldn't use the silicone hosing for the chill water throughput. My water pressures would have it blown up like a balloon.

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You throttle the water? I always throttled the wort. Even at full flow of water right from the hose, there are times were I can't have the wort at full flow (if the groundwater temp isn't cold enough).
Yeah, my well water is VERY cold. If I don't throttle the water down below half way the wort will end up in the 50s. It is very nice when doing lagers and because I don't have to throttle the wort so I spend less time chilling. When I plumbed it in I just put a ball valve right before it and I use a Thrumometer on the out end of the wort on its way into the fermenter.
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