Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Possible Use of Drinking Fountain in Brewery

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-18-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
raouliii
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
raouliii's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Ponchatoula, LA
Posts: 774
Liked 63 Times on 56 Posts
Likes Given: 93

Default Possible Use of Drinking Fountain in Brewery

I've had a small, wall hung, water cooler sitting around the garage thinking that it might prove useful as part of my homebrewery. It is rated at 115v/4.5a with a 1/5hp compressor.

The only use I can come up with, other than cooling drinking water, is to use it as a pre-chiller for my counter-flow chiller. But before I go through the motions of modifying it, I wanted to get any comments.

Given that I know little of thermodynamics, below are the rough calculations that I've attempted. I may be off by orders of magnitude.

115v x 4.5a x 3.4 = 1760 btu/hr.
Since 1 btu is equal to 1lbH2O/1deg
1760lbH2O/1deg/1hr capacity
8.3lbH2O/1gal ==> 212galH2O/1deg/1hr

For a flow rate of say, 60gal/hr (1gal/minute) ===> 3.5deg cooling capacity

It seems that at that relatively low flow rate, I would gain very little in wort chilling capacity. I guess the bottom line is, any opinions on the value of the water cooler for this application, or should it just go to the garage sale?

Thanks

__________________
On Tap:
NippleRub Ultra
Ranger(ish) IPA clone
Horizocade Amber
Rochefort 7

In the Chamber:
Big Breasted Blonde

Next Up:
????
raouliii is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-18-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
cfrazier77
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
cfrazier77's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Troy, IL
Posts: 583
Liked 78 Times on 53 Posts
Likes Given: 66

Default

Hook it up to a keg of beer and have the most legendary water fountain of all time!

__________________

Happy Dog Brewing

cfrazier77 is offline
3
People Like This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-18-2013, 07:32 PM   #3
Stealthcruiser
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Atlanta, (Hampton)., Georgia
Posts: 1,322
Liked 113 Times on 101 Posts
Likes Given: 2062

Default

If you used to chill a bulk amount of water in advance, and store it in some coolers, possibly.

I have access to the same thing, and have been eyeballin' it for some time, although I know squat 'bout them thermodynamic thangs'!

__________________

Corned Beef............The other pink meat.

Stealthcruiser is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-18-2013, 10:21 PM   #4
joesmink
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 23
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Oh no! Don't do it! Thats just not possible
Water coolers cool water thats under pressure,Right?
Well you C O U L D hook that sucker up to a keg EH?
Guess I'm seconding cfrazier77
What does Quagmire on Family Guy say?

__________________
joesmink is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-18-2013, 10:47 PM   #5
nebulous
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 78
Liked 11 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 71

Default

personally i think this would be better suited as a fermenter chiller. add a coil and thermowell to your fermentation vessel, and hook a pump up to a stc-1000, some tubing and you're good to go.
but thats just me

__________________

Keg: air
primary: air
-
Universal Keg Cutting Jig

nebulous is online now
Stealthcruiser Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-18-2013, 11:39 PM   #6
Stealthcruiser
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Atlanta, (Hampton)., Georgia
Posts: 1,322
Liked 113 Times on 101 Posts
Likes Given: 2062

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nebulous View Post
personally i think this would be better suited as a fermenter chiller. add a coil and thermowell to your fermentation vessel, and hook a pump up to a stc-1000, some tubing and you're good to go.
but thats just me



You could I guess, turn it into a glycol chiller............
__________________

Corned Beef............The other pink meat.

Stealthcruiser is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Foam Fountain? TheChamber2113 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 06-18-2013 08:17 PM
Fountain pumps? jondavis08 Equipment/Sanitation 2 08-12-2012 03:31 AM
Beer Fountain knotquiteawake General Beer Discussion 8 12-09-2010 07:34 PM
Drinking at a brewery (protocol question) BennyN General Beer Discussion 12 11-22-2010 06:39 AM
Yeast fountain! Buford General Beer Discussion 1 05-12-2007 05:32 PM