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Old 07-19-2011, 01:19 AM   #1
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Just curious what I can do to save a little water. Im all for reduce reuse recycle...



 
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:25 AM   #2
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I dont. I'm constantly wondering how I can cut down my water usage, cause its friggin insane


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Old 07-19-2011, 01:27 AM   #3
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what method do you use for chilling the wort?

The only thing that immediately comes to mind is a recirculation technique for chilling
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:29 AM   #4
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Some use the IC waste water to fill the washer or water the lawn/garden. Brew less... just kidding!

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Old 07-19-2011, 01:29 AM   #5
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When I chill with my immersion chiller I use the tap water first, that gets it down halfway - the hot water from the chiller empties into my washing machine.

Then when I cant get any more cooling power from the tap water, I put a pump on the immersion chiller and put the pump with the inlet and outlet in a round cooler of ice water. This recirculates very cold water through the chiller and works well to get it down to pitch temp - when that's done, I dump that into the washer too.

I do a load of laundry usually the next day.

 
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:32 AM   #6
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Same as above, except ALL my water goes into the washer. I use 3 buckets to chill: two with tap water which don't get recycled, then the third is full of ice which does get recycled. The first two go into the washer, and the third is sometimes split between the washer and my rubbermaid fermenting setup (if I'm using it).
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:35 AM   #7
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I've been using an IC for the past few batches. Reason I want to save the water.

Can you save the water in a front loading washing machine?

I think i'll end up draining into a carboy or bucket for watering my garden.

 
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:37 AM   #8
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I have a cistern. I pump the water out of the wort chiller into the cistern- then its used for the garden.

 
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:43 AM   #9
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I use a sanke as a mash tun. I pump 15 gallons of cooling effluent into there for CIP water. It doesn't seem like much, but it's almost half a water heater full.

 
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:44 AM   #10
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maybe a little bit, but if it's an high efficiency I would think not.

saving for the garden is a good idea as others have mentioned if you cant do the washer



 
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