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Title: Chilling Wort
Post by: boo on February 17, 2011, 04:10:49 AM
I was thinking about running my hot wort through a March pump and then an immersion chiller that's in a bucket of ice (maybe 2 chillers/buckets of ice), then into my fermenter.  I figure I can control the output temp by putting a valve on the outlet of the March pump and adjusting flow.  I have not heard of anyone doing this, maybe out of difficulty cleaning/sanitizing the lines.  I'm sure someone has tried this, I'd appreciate your feedback or experience.
Title: Re: Chilling Wort
Post by: dbeechum on February 17, 2011, 07:13:00 AM
I have a friend who does this - you'll need a ton of ice. Of course he owns an ice and CO2 store.

What I do, since I have SoCal ground water temps to contend with - march pump out of the kettle, into a CFC to knock the temp from boiling to ~80F and then straight through to an IC that sits in an ice bucket to drop it the final 20F.
Title: Re: Chilling Wort
Post by: euge on February 17, 2011, 08:23:38 AM
I have a friend who does this - you'll need a ton of ice. Of course he owns an ice and CO2 store.

What I do, since I have SoCal ground water temps to contend with - march pump out of the kettle, into a CFC to knock the temp from boiling to ~80F and then straight through to an IC that sits in an ice bucket to drop it the final 20F.

The IC in the ice bath is just a cruder version of a CFC no? Sounds like a good approach for my own chilling woes.
Title: Re: Chilling Wort
Post by: jeffy on February 17, 2011, 12:47:19 PM
I have a friend who does this - you'll need a ton of ice. Of course he owns an ice and CO2 store.

What I do, since I have SoCal ground water temps to contend with - march pump out of the kettle, into a CFC to knock the temp from boiling to ~80F and then straight through to an IC that sits in an ice bucket to drop it the final 20F.

I used to do this also and it worked well for many years.  Wort out of the kettle through a counter flow chiller, then into 20 feet of copper tubing set into a cooler full of ice water.  You have to keep the ice bath moving, either stirring it or by putting a small pump in it to keep it circulating around the copper.  I used to do this by pump but it works with gravity pretty well too.
Title: Re: Chilling Wort
Post by: Kaiser on February 17, 2011, 01:59:12 PM
Sounds like this would work well when you have show on the ground. Get a big tub and keep shoveling snow into it and keep stirring the slush.

Kai
Title: Re: Chilling Wort
Post by: tygo on February 17, 2011, 02:24:42 PM
Chilling with snow is great.  It's about the only thing about snow that I like.
Title: Re: Chilling Wort
Post by: jeffy on February 17, 2011, 03:12:35 PM
Sounds like this would work well when you have show on the ground. Get a big tub and keep shoveling snow into it and keep stirring the slush.

Kai

There are people here who have actually never seen snow.  I saw enough when I lived in the rust belt.
Title: Re: Chilling Wort
Post by: Kaiser on February 17, 2011, 03:20:36 PM
There are people here who have actually never seen snow.  I saw enough when I lived in the rust belt.

And there are people who are sick of seeing snow, like my wife ;)

Kai
Title: Re: Chilling Wort
Post by: dak0415 on February 17, 2011, 03:40:17 PM
There are people here who have actually never seen snow.  I saw enough when I lived in the rust belt.

And there are people who are sick of seeing snow, like my wife ;)

Kai

Punatic, quit laughing! :D
Title: Re: Chilling Wort
Post by: 1vertical on February 17, 2011, 03:42:55 PM
I use 2 IC chillers for getting to lager pitching temps.  First copper coil goes into an ice bath and then
the immersion coil goes in the wert.  Ale pitching temps are obtained rapidly tho I have never timed it.
Title: Re: Chilling Wort
Post by: oscarvan on February 17, 2011, 06:45:13 PM
I chill with an immersion coil which drains into the floor of the Brew Works. This works right now because the brew works is around 50-55ºF and the water is cold.

This summer it will not work as the Works will be 80º plus, and the water warmer.

What I plan on doing is fabricating another copper coil, and putting it in-line with the immersion chiller, in a tub with ice water.
Title: Re: Chilling Wort
Post by: 1vertical on February 17, 2011, 06:46:57 PM
That will do it Oscar...you will see.