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Old 06-06-2009, 11:58 PM   #11
Dec 2006
Roseville, MI
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I dont see why a 5 gallon bucket of ice water won't work... it's worked fine for me in the past.

I just got a $10 submersible aquarium pump, ran water through my IC and as soon as the water being discharged from the chiller wasn't scolding, i placed the hose back into the ice water a just re-circulated it from there. After a few minutes, the discharged water will be cool enough to where it won't melt the ice at a significant rate, and the cooling water in the bucket would stay around 35 degrees or so. Cools the wort down quick and doesn't waste much water... Why question the guy on why he wants to conserve water... geez.

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Old 06-07-2009, 12:07 AM   #12
Apr 2009
Riverview, FL
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I use my normal hose water to cool it down to about 100 and then recirculate ice water from a bucket with a drill pump. 6 dollars at lowes, with standard hose threads.
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Primary 2: Empty
Primary 3: Empty
Primary 4: Coastal Red
Primary 5: Empty
Secondary 1: Empty
Secondary 2: empty
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:09 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by xxdcmast View Post
When I finally build my system I want to attempt to conserver water.
Recycle a couple of 55 gallon HDPE drums and fill them w/ your cooling water. Brew during the colder months of the year, and you can conserve this 110 gallons for all your brewing needs...forever.

I would guess that the environmental impact of making ice is greater than additional water consumption...YMMV.

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Old 06-07-2009, 01:03 AM   #14
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Check out this thread: Recirculating Ice Water Chiller - Home Brew Forums

I got a 1855GPH pump for $32 at Harbor Freight...

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Old 06-07-2009, 01:38 AM   #15
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Even though we have a well, the idea of water conservation still appeals to me. Up until this thread, though, I haven't seen an idea that really appealed to me. I already have a submersible pump that came with the house that I've used to drain the basement over the years. I'm considering using it in conjuction with a large disused cistern alongside the house that is usually about half full of water. The cistern water should be about the same temp as the well water, which is ground ambient, about 55F. Submerge the pump and run a length of hose to my brew area. If I put another hose fitting on the discharge hose on my immersion chiller, I could even recycle the water to the cistern....but I see no reason to do that, I'll probably just fill 5 gallon buckets and haul them onto the garden as the wort chills. Just another example of the great ideas that come up on these forums!
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