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Old 07-13-2009, 07:05 PM   #1
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What do you guys do with the water that runs through your wort chiller? We are short on water in this part of the country and I am thinking of ways to recycle or re-use it.

Right now I use it to water the garden, but I get way too much water. I see Don Osborn from the youtube videos runs it into his laundry machine.

I was just wondering if there are any other creative uses out there??


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Old 07-13-2009, 07:10 PM   #2
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I use it when I clean up nice hot water. As the outlet water gets down in temp I water the lawn with it .


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Old 07-13-2009, 07:12 PM   #3
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I set up a recirculator with a pond pump from Lowe's. I recirculate the water from the chiller back into the ice water tub with the pump in it.

How big a boil do you need to cool?
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Just 5 gallons, but it is a good 15-20 minutes worth of water flowing out.
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Just 5 gallons, but it is a good 15-20 minutes worth of water flowing out.
EdWort has a system that size. Lemme find the link.

Here ya go. If you choose carefully the bucket that holds your ice water can also serve as a fermentation water bath.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/reci...chiller-38235/

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+1 on watering the lawn.
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What do you guys do with the water that runs through your wort chiller? We are short on water in this part of the country and I am thinking of ways to recycle or re-use it.
We have the same problem in El Paso.
I use a 55 gallon storage tank on wheels for watering the lawn.


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I typically clean the equipment that I used during my brew-day.
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I run off the water into a 25 gallon trash can and use it throughout the week to water the potted plants we have outside. I do capture some for cleanup too. I usually get the temp down to 115 and then switch to a ice water recirculation through the chiller.
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You could store it in a barrel and continue to water plants with it over several days.

I had a 55 G drum to collect water in (actually used it for tuning outboard motor, but ended up selling the boat.) Never got the chance to store water though, because I put it behind the garage and over the winter, the water at the bottom froze and split the bottom seam. Don't freeze your steel drums.


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