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Old 12-22-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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So I'm going to try this today and wanted feedback on the idea.

I have a submersible pump that I am going to put in a five gallon bucket of ice, top off with water, and then pump it through my immersion chiller. Instead of running a hose and having to put all that water somewhere during a snowstorm (Wisconsin).

Think this will work ok or think the ice will melt too fast? I think it will melt fast but I'm hoping it will still be effective. I can always add snow, but then I'll have overflow and will have to put that water somewhere.

This is for a five gallon batch.

I have a friend who was thinking of doing the same thing so I'm sure I'm not going to be the first person who's tried something like this.
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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If you have a decent amount of snow I would probably just use that from the start . In the summer I often have to use a 5 gallon bucket of ice water. I use the tap water to get it below 100* and then I shut off the hose, disconnect and connect the pond pump. The problem with starting out with the ice water is that you will run out fairly quickly or the water will get to hot too quickly recirculating it. I have one of those cheap pumps from harbor freight and it works great.

 
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:19 PM   #3
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So I'll likely need to refresh the bucket at least once before I reach pitching temps is what you're thinking?

There is plenty of snow - and it's still coming down, but I just figured it's going to melt faster than ice cubes.
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:43 PM   #4
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Maybe 3 times...I use 1/3hp recirculating (i know its larger) to maintain hot tubs at 90+ degrees while i wait for parts 5-7 days...

 
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:52 PM   #5
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I have been doing this for 8 five gallon batches so far. Mainly because I don't have running water in my shop. I freeze 6 half gallon milk bottles and place in a large bucket. I have a bag of ice as a back up. I circulate with a small 120 volt irrigation pump. The first fve gallons of collected hot water I use for clean up. This process has worked well. My last batch I took my bucket, half filled with water and let it freeze over night. I can chill in less than 30 minutes.

 
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:07 PM   #6
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My last batch I took my bucket, half filled with water and let it freeze over night. I can chill in less than 30 minutes.
Now that doesn't sound like a bad idea. Doing it that way how many buckets do you go through?
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #7
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I did that yesterday and it worked just fine - I used my HLT instead of a bucket.

Snow works, but you have to keep adding and adding and adding. Plus, rabbit turds make their way into your setup when you're scooping snow. Freezing a bucket works too, but give it a couple days to completely freeze, and keep the bucket out of the sun if you can. A whole bunch of water-filled plastic ziploc containers works well, too.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:01 PM   #8
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I have a second immersion chiller for my five gallon pot. I'm going to setup a secondary chilling phase to cool the water more before I return it to the ice bucket. maybe that will reduce the amount of water I need. Regardless, it'll look cooler! lol
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:48 AM   #9
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If you have a decent amount of snow I would probably just use that from the start . In the summer I often have to use a 5 gallon bucket of ice water. I use the tap water to get it below 100* and then I shut off the hose, disconnect and connect the pond pump. The problem with starting out with the ice water is that you will run out fairly quickly or the water will get to hot too quickly recirculating it. I have one of those cheap pumps from harbor freight and it works great.

Brett...I searched through some pumps at Harbor Freight and was curious, which pump did you go with?
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:13 PM   #10
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During the summer, I use a second chiller coil in a bucket of ice water to pre-chill the chiller water. If it's been rainy, I actually recirculate the water from my rain barrel that has a pond pump in it.

 
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