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Saving the planet with wort chillers!
« on: June 06, 2017, 02:32:59 AM »
So I was sick of sending water down the drain with my wort chiller, so I opened my window, put my wort chiller drain tube out the window, and stuffed it into my hose (a perfect fit, but used some duck tape to hold it in place) and watered my lawn with sprinkler. The Faucet pressure was not nearly as high as the garden hose hook up outside, but it was enough to pressure to make the sprinkler slooooowly oscillate and water the lawn! Got to feel good about chilling my beer and not wasting water. Took a couple pictures, but I can't figure out how to attach them.
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Re: Saving the planet with wort chillers!
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2017, 02:42:22 AM »
Yea, I put the output hose into one of those big tubs like you'd use at a beach party and dip it out with a sprinkling can to water the garden for a few days. At the price of water I hate to see it go to waste.
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Re: Saving the planet with wort chillers!
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2017, 02:57:12 AM »
I usually use mine for laundry. I was absurd to find out how much water a load of laundry takes. I don't remember exactly, but it was 15+gallons for a medium load.

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Re: Saving the planet with wort chillers!
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2017, 03:21:25 AM »
Whenever I use my wort chiller, I save as much of the H2O as I can, diverting it for:

1) The initial super hot water gets set aside to wash my brewing equipment
2) The warmish water goes into rinsing out my mash tun and other pieces that need it
3) As the water cools, I do a thorough watering of all of the plants in the yard
4) Another 5 gallons gets set aside for a fishtank water change

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Re: Saving the planet with wort chillers!
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2017, 02:51:44 PM »
I usually use mine for laundry. I was absurd to find out how much water a load of laundry takes. I don't remember exactly, but it was 15+gallons for a medium load.

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Re: Saving the planet with wort chillers!
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2017, 03:39:35 PM »
So I was sick of sending water down the drain with my wort chiller, so I opened my window, put my wort chiller drain tube out the window, and stuffed it into my hose (a perfect fit, but used some duck tape to hold it in place) and watered my lawn with sprinkler. The Faucet pressure was not nearly as high as the garden hose hook up outside, but it was enough to pressure to make the sprinkler slooooowly oscillate and water the lawn! Got to feel good about chilling my beer and not wasting water. Took a couple pictures, but I can't figure out how to attach them.

I can't get past the fact that you are concerned with saving water but you water your lawn.
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Re: Saving the planet with wort chillers!
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 03:54:17 PM »
So I was sick of sending water down the drain with my wort chiller, so I opened my window, put my wort chiller drain tube out the window, and stuffed it into my hose (a perfect fit, but used some duck tape to hold it in place) and watered my lawn with sprinkler. The Faucet pressure was not nearly as high as the garden hose hook up outside, but it was enough to pressure to make the sprinkler slooooowly oscillate and water the lawn! Got to feel good about chilling my beer and not wasting water. Took a couple pictures, but I can't figure out how to attach them.

I can't get past the fact that you are concerned with saving water but you water your lawn.

Well, if you already have a lawn, the proper care of it can have an impact on its health and the health of the planet.

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Lawn/lawn3.php
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Re: Saving the planet with wort chillers!
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2017, 04:01:06 PM »
So I was sick of sending water down the drain with my wort chiller, so I opened my window, put my wort chiller drain tube out the window, and stuffed it into my hose (a perfect fit, but used some duck tape to hold it in place) and watered my lawn with sprinkler. The Faucet pressure was not nearly as high as the garden hose hook up outside, but it was enough to pressure to make the sprinkler slooooowly oscillate and water the lawn! Got to feel good about chilling my beer and not wasting water. Took a couple pictures, but I can't figure out how to attach them.

I can't get past the fact that you are concerned with saving water but you water your lawn.

Well, if you already have a lawn, the proper care of it can have an impact on its health and the health of the planet.

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Lawn/lawn3.php
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Re: Saving the planet with wort chillers!
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2017, 04:11:23 PM »
So I was sick of sending water down the drain with my wort chiller, so I opened my window, put my wort chiller drain tube out the window, and stuffed it into my hose (a perfect fit, but used some duck tape to hold it in place) and watered my lawn with sprinkler. The Faucet pressure was not nearly as high as the garden hose hook up outside, but it was enough to pressure to make the sprinkler slooooowly oscillate and water the lawn! Got to feel good about chilling my beer and not wasting water. Took a couple pictures, but I can't figure out how to attach them.

I can't get past the fact that you are concerned with saving water but you water your lawn.

Well, if you already have a lawn, the proper care of it can have an impact on its health and the health of the planet.

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Lawn/lawn3.php
Point taken.

Of course I agree that there are likely a lot of people who over-water and fertilize.  But this was something interesting I saw the other day, so I figured I'd share  :)
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Re: Saving the planet with wort chillers!
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2017, 04:14:06 PM »
So I was sick of sending water down the drain with my wort chiller, so I opened my window, put my wort chiller drain tube out the window, and stuffed it into my hose (a perfect fit, but used some duck tape to hold it in place) and watered my lawn with sprinkler. The Faucet pressure was not nearly as high as the garden hose hook up outside, but it was enough to pressure to make the sprinkler slooooowly oscillate and water the lawn! Got to feel good about chilling my beer and not wasting water. Took a couple pictures, but I can't figure out how to attach them.

I can't get past the fact that you are concerned with saving water but you water your lawn.

Well, if you already have a lawn, the proper care of it can have an impact on its health and the health of the planet.

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Lawn/lawn3.php
Point taken.

Of course I agree that there are likely a lot of people who over-water and fertilize.  But this was something interesting I saw the other day, so I figured I'd share  :)
Yea, ideally if you live in an area where lawns need watering and its your choice, you do something other than grass, but sometimes there neighborhood rules or you just don't have the time/resources to re do what is there.
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Re: Saving the planet with wort chillers!
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2017, 08:21:52 PM »
I usually use mine for laundry. I was absurd to find out how much water a load of laundry takes. I don't remember exactly, but it was 15+gallons for a medium load.

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   As of about 8 years ago, the official number for water usage from the appliance manufacturers, in a conventional washer, for a maximum load, was about 45 gallons. Yes, that is a lot of water. Newer machines do use substantially less water.

I used to run my chiller into my old top-loader washer, but new machines can't adjust to starting with water in the tub -- at least according to the call center guy I asked.
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