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Old 11-08-2008, 04:03 AM   #11
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so is the beverage cooler always draining back into the rectangular cool;er with the ice in it?


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Old 11-08-2008, 01:38 PM   #12
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Some old fridges cost way too much in energy to operate and this would be a fraction of the cost to operate. This is the very thing i am working on for my bocks and dark lagers.
I was looking for an estimate on ice change over and two days is fantastic. do you use 1 gallon ice jugs or gallon?
I use both 1 gallon and 1/2 gallon containers and usually dump some ice in in the beginning to get it down to temperature faster.


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Old 11-08-2008, 01:40 PM   #13
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so is the beverage cooler always draining back into the rectangular cool;er with the ice in it?
Thats right. When the pump kicks on it raises the water level above the drain and it recycles back into the ice cooler. Kind of like a toilet spill over.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:05 PM   #14
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Very cool idea and can double for MLT. I think i found (another) DIY project to add to the ever increasing list!

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Wouldn't this just drain the cold water that you are pumping on the top?
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:49 AM   #16
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Wouldn't this just drain the cold water that you are pumping on the top?

A solution to this is to put a check valve on the input line so the flow will not siphon back into the ice cooler.

Simple inline check valve from the brew store would work nicely.
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:24 PM   #17
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Or put the inlet hose on the bottom to force the warm water out of the top.
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It's been working well with the current setup. I'm sure there is room for improvement but I haven't noticed a problem with getting a consistent temperature in the water with the water dumping in the top. The water going in is usually 20 degrees cooler too so it will want to go to the bottom anyway since its more dense.
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:54 AM   #19
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For those in cooler climates, I'd bet a aquarium heater would do the reverse - keeping the temps warm enough for ale fermentation.
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I just used it for the first time as a heater and it works great. Hot tap water works just fine and holds temperature for several days.

This weekend I get to use the 10 gallon cooler as a mash tun for the first time on my Strong Scottish Ale too.


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