Immersion chiller question - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Immersion chiller question

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-14-2008, 01:06 AM   #1
chiefbrewer
Recipes 
 
Nov 2006
Flowery Branch, Georgia, Georgia
Posts: 87
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



Hey guys. I haven't been around in a while. Hope everyone is doing well
I have a question that hopefully someone can answer.
I am trying to figure out a cheap way to chill wort rapidly down to 50 or below when I make my lagers. I have toyed around with the idea of buying another immersion chiller and submerging it in a bucket of ice water. Then running ground water out of a spigot, through the submerged chiller, and them into my existing chiller in the wort. Any one ever tried it before?
__________________
Primary: American Pale Ale
Secondary:
Currently Drinknig:
Up Next: Coffee and Cream Stout

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2008, 01:11 AM   #2
SuperiorBrew
Recipes 
 
Aug 2007
Posts: 1,676
Liked 31 Times on 18 Posts


Thats how I used to do it, before I went to a CFC. I purchased it with the prechiller. It worked great.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2008, 01:13 AM   #3
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 23,195
Liked 1654 Times on 1069 Posts


Spend the money on a 500 GPH submersible pump instead. Drop that directly into the icewater bucket and pump it through your chiller.
__________________
Welcome to BrewHardware.com. I love you.
BIAB Large Mesh False Bottoms and SS HERMS COILS are IN!!
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2008, 01:13 AM   #4
chiefbrewer
Recipes 
 
Nov 2006
Flowery Branch, Georgia, Georgia
Posts: 87
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Cool...thanks. That's a heck-of-a-lot cheeper than buying a pump and all the nescessary fittings.
__________________
Primary: American Pale Ale
Secondary:
Currently Drinknig:
Up Next: Coffee and Cream Stout

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2008, 01:15 AM   #5
the_bird
10th-Level Beer Nerd
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
the_bird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2006
Adams, MA
Posts: 20,882
Liked 523 Times on 420 Posts


Prechillers, yeah, I know some people have used them. They're a necessity for a lot of folks in hoter climates. The other thing that I'm planning on doing soon is to hook up a cheap pump to the chiller so once I've got the wort down to ~80° or so (the easy part), I can recirc ice water through the chiller. That's how I've seen The Good Kaiser chill his worts down before pitching.

Might be a little cheaper to go that route rather than buying a buttload more copper. Just need to figure out how big a pump I would need (doesn't have to be a fancy, food-grade March pump, I'm thinking just a pond pump, it's only going to be pumping water). That and a couple disconnects, I'll be golden.
__________________
Come join Yankee Ingenuity!

"I'm kind of toasted. But I looked at my watch and it's only 6:30 so I can't stop drinking yet." - Yooper's Bob
"Brown eye finally recovered after the abuse it endured in Ptown last weekend, but it took almost a full week." - Paulie
"no, he just doesn't speak 'stupid'. i, however, am fluent...." - motobrewer
"... I'll go both ways." - Melana

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2008, 01:18 AM   #6
chiefbrewer
Recipes 
 
Nov 2006
Flowery Branch, Georgia, Georgia
Posts: 87
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I just did a google search and found thishttp://www.premiumpowersports.com/Ru...ump-p-261.html
__________________
Primary: American Pale Ale
Secondary:
Currently Drinknig:
Up Next: Coffee and Cream Stout

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2008, 01:21 AM   #7
EdWort
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
EdWort's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2006
Bee Cave, Texas
Posts: 11,914
Liked 336 Times on 169 Posts


This 200GPH pump from Lowe's rocks. I only need 2 20# bags from Sam's club and it works great.






 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2008, 01:26 AM   #8
the_bird
10th-Level Beer Nerd
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
the_bird's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2006
Adams, MA
Posts: 20,882
Liked 523 Times on 420 Posts


I've been meaning to ask the question, is 200 GPH enough? I'm not smart enough to wire up up the pump from the marine supply place without killing myself, so I'm looking at buying a pump. 500 GPH pumps at Lowes/Depot/etc. are getting pretty near half the price of a full-bore March pump (which would then let me get out the CFC I have collecting dust). But, 200 GPH, we're getting to a reasonable price.
__________________
Come join Yankee Ingenuity!

"I'm kind of toasted. But I looked at my watch and it's only 6:30 so I can't stop drinking yet." - Yooper's Bob
"Brown eye finally recovered after the abuse it endured in Ptown last weekend, but it took almost a full week." - Paulie
"no, he just doesn't speak 'stupid'. i, however, am fluent...." - motobrewer
"... I'll go both ways." - Melana

 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2008, 01:33 AM   #10
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 23,195
Liked 1654 Times on 1069 Posts


The pump option is actually cheaper than the copper would be for a prechiller and I promise it will work better too.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=54517
__________________
Welcome to BrewHardware.com. I love you.
BIAB Large Mesh False Bottoms and SS HERMS COILS are IN!!
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Never used a Immersion Chiller Question please! ohill1981 Equipment/Sanitation 13 06-04-2009 11:16 PM
Immersion Chiller Question AMERICUS Equipment/Sanitation 6 05-18-2009 11:59 AM
Immersion Chiller Question CereousBrewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 03-25-2009 10:14 PM
immersion chiller question ak47clown Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 01-13-2009 08:34 PM
Immersion chiller question GreenwoodRover Chillers & Stir Plates 12 05-03-2008 04:21 AM


Forum Jump