Topics Topics Help/Instructions Help Edit Profile Profile Member List Register  
Search Last 1 | 3 | 7 Days Search Search Tree View Tree View  

Visit The Brewery's sponsor!
Brews & Views Bulletin Board Service * Brews and Views Archive 2007 * Archive through June 06, 2007 * Wort chiller help < Previous Next >

  Thread Last Poster Posts Pages Last Post
  ClosedClosed: New threads not accepted on this page        

Author Message
 

Tom Littleton
New Member
Username: Buckwheatsb

Post Number: 1
Registered: 05-2007
Posted From: 68.54.117.210
Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 11:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has anyone ever tried using an electric pump with a bucket of ice water instead of the water faucet....
any input is great
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 7088
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.224.220
Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 11:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You'll use much less water (and ice) if you first chill the wort with tap water (using either an immersion or counterflow chiller) to near the water temperature, followed by routing the wort through a sanitized immersion chiller in a bucket of water and ice if the tap water isn't cold enough, as is the case during summer in many locations.

I have heard of some people using a swimming pool as the water source rather than the tap. There are places where pool and tap water would be about the same temperature. Fortunately (for the beer anyway) I don't live in one of them.
 

Tom Littleton
New Member
Username: Buckwheatsb

Post Number: 2
Registered: 05-2007
Posted From: 68.54.117.210
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 01:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

perhaps I should've explained better...my intention was to use an immersion chiller only instead of using tap water ..to recirculate water from a bucket of ice water using a pump....
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 7090
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.57.224.220
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 02:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, I see a number of problems. One is that you have to be careful that pieces of ice don't clog the pump. A possibility would be to use a second immersion chiller in the bucket of ice water, but this would be much less efficient without a means of stirring the ice water, just as it is if you don't stir the wort as it chills in the kettle. Most certainly it will require quite a bit of ice.
 

Steve Sampson
Intermediate Member
Username: Sampsosm

Post Number: 380
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 8.8.196.87
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 03:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tim,

I use my immersion chiller hooked up to a normal faucet to chil down to about 100 degrees, then I attach a Rio 1700 aquarium pump to the chiller, and recirculate ice water. This gets my temps down into the 60's relatively quickly.

This method is especially useful if you are pitching on a yeast cake, and you can't empty the boil kettle in a fermenter and let it cool down those last 10-20 degrees.

I think using the ice water from the time of flame out would be a waste because as Bill said you would use WAY too much ice.