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ericksonpa:
I live in AZ, where my groundwater is very warm in the summer months. 
I use my immersion chiller down to about 80F, but them I am using too much water for the remaining 10F.  So, I then transfer to a bucket and place in an ice bath.  I'm looking for a more efficient solution.
Any ideas or ways you have solved this in the past?

blatz:
use your immersion chiller with hose water to get to about 100df.  then switch out the garden hose to recirculating ice water with a sump pump in a bucket (1-2qts of water in 20-30# ice) .  very little waste water since its in a loop. 

yes, you do have to buy ice.  But buying ice in Arizona is better than shoveling snow in North Dakota.

also, are you recirculating your wort into the kettle?  if not, are you at least stirring periodically?  that helps the chilling time.

ericksonpa:
Thanks for the reply.
Grew up in South Dakota, so I know how right you are about shoveling.  All we shovel here is sunshine.
Anyway, sounds like an interesting idea using your recirculating method.  Can you recommend a size of sump pump (never bought one)?
Also, if I switch to a plate chiller, can I simply submerge the entire chiller into an ice tub?  Or do I go the route of the sump pump again?

blatz:

--- Quote from: ericksonpa on April 01, 2013, 10:57:02 AM ---Thanks for the reply.
Grew up in South Dakota, so I know how right you are about shoveling.  All we shovel here is sunshine.
Anyway, sounds like an interesting idea using your recirculating method.  Can you recommend a size of sump pump (never bought one)?
Also, if I switch to a plate chiller, can I simply submerge the entire chiller into an ice tub?  Or do I go the route of the sump pump again?

--- End quote ---

just an example, but something like this:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_792_792

as for submerging your plate chiller, ain't gonna do much - the surface area is all inside of a plate chiller, keeping the outer edges ice cold won't do much.  you could do the same thing - knock it down to 100df or so with hose water (recircing the wort back to the kettle) and then switching to a loop of ice water.

I've got to tell you, I've used about every configuration out there and jamilz's recirculating ice water method (that I described to you) http://www.mrmalty.com/chiller.php  is the best for our climates, IMO.  Plus cleaning a plate chiller is a beyotch.

I personally have a dual stage CFC currently  (see in the first pic here: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=14134.0) , (one for hose water, one for ice water) but I would use the old IC method if the heat element in my system wasn't in the way. 

Cheers. 

kylekohlmorgen:
You'll need a ice water recirc loop either way - but a plate chiller will save you a lot of time/water getting down to that 100F before switching to the ice water loop.

Just go with a submersible pond pump from Lowes/Home Depot - runs about $60-$70. I would look online at the reviews to make sure the one you buy will last.


EDIT: That pump from Northern Equipment looks like a much better option than the crummy pond pump.

If you don't upgrade to a plate chiller - how big is your Immersion Chiller? I started with a 5/8" diameter, but I built a 1/2" diameter that decreased chill time considerably. I also recirculate with my March Pump, which has probably been the best improvement for my chilling.

I live in Indiana - and sometimes in the heat of summer I still have to knock out a little warm and cool it down in my fermentation fridge overnight. Not best practice, but if you're sanitation is good, it should be no big deal.

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