Hey - thanks for posting this. I'm getting ready to use an IC for the first time on my next brew, so it's good to have an idea of how much water it will use.
Originally Posted by NervousDad
I read my meter before and after it was around 300 gallons.
Your meter must be different than mine, mine measures in "units" not gallons (1 unit = 748 gallons), so it would be very hard to accurately measure this way.
Looking at a recent bill and doing the math, it looks like my city currently charges about 1.3 cents / gallon. So 60 gallons comes to around 78 cents. That's much cheaper than the two bags of ice per brew I've been buying for ice baths!
If you're worried about "wasting" it, I read that the average shower head puts out about 2.5 gallons per minute. Assuming you brew once a month and shower daily, just cut one minute or so off each shower, and that should more than offset for the water used cooling your brew.