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#1 djinkc

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Posted 26 May 2017 - 05:34 PM

Put some water in the real freezer and some in the kegerator to chill.  Time to put the prechiller back into action tomorrow.  Groundwater is getting to warm.  Brewing tomorrow.


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Posted 27 May 2017 - 07:17 PM

make that postchiller


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Posted 27 May 2017 - 07:40 PM

DJ, what kind of pump are you using to circulate your chilling water?


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Posted 27 May 2017 - 08:49 PM

DJ, what kind of pump are you using to circulate your chilling water?

 

Just a little cheapo submersible from Amazon.


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 04:33 AM

i always recircle with ice or snow water b/c it uses less water in general.  but yeah, in the summer time everything gets a little more challenging.  sometimes I just let the ferm chamber do the job for me.


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 06:41 AM

Just a little cheapo submersible from Amazon.

 

Understood.  I asked b/c I switched a few years back, from a cheapo pond pump from Lowes to an 1800 gph sump pump.

 

I don't think the pump cost that much, and it made a big difference for chilling my batches down.  Took a lot less time; a lot more cold water could run through the lines than I could move w/ a cheapo pump.

 

i can post some pics of my chilling setup if you want to see it.


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#7 djinkc

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 07:16 AM

Understood.  I asked b/c I switched a few years back, from a cheapo pond pump from Lowes to an 1800 gph sump pump.

 

I don't think the pump cost that much, and it made a big difference for chilling my batches down.  Took a lot less time; a lot more cold water could run through the lines than I could move w/ a cheapo pump.

 

i can post some pics of my chilling setup if you want to see it.

 

I'm pumping (March) wort through a plate chiller and then through a coil sitting in a bucket of water and ice.  The submersible pump keeps water moving over the coils.


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 07:36 AM

I'm pumping (March) wort through a plate chiller and then through a coil sitting in a bucket of water and ice.  The submersible pump keeps water moving over the coils.

 

Nice.  What are you using for chilling water for the plate chiller?


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 07:48 AM

Nice.  What are you using for chilling water for the plate chiller?

 

Just tap water.  It was cool enough by itself until a couple weeks ago.


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 07:50 AM

Same here; our groundwater is warming up, to where i need to start prepping chilling water also.

 

Yay summer.


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 09:58 AM

 I always just let the ferm chamber do the job for me.

FTFM. I hated dorking around with ice and a prechiller. Made my brewday too complicated and long. I just chill to 75ish and chuck it in the chamber now. I hate complicated brewdays and chilling issues are what led me to develop my drauflassen technique.


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 04:01 AM

Down here in northern Cuba, 85-90 F water out of the hose gets you just that close. I pump water from a 10 gallon cooler into my IC and out into a couple Homey buckets. Once I get as... Um... Cool as I can, I rack and put the fermenter into the chamber. Drop temp to pitching and away it goes. The hot Homey bucket water is used for cleaning and scrubbing.

I used to sink ice into the igloo, but time and money stopped that

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 04:37 AM

FTFM. I hated dorking around with ice and a prechiller. Made my brewday too complicated and long. I just chill to 75ish and chuck it in the chamber now. I hate complicated brewdays and chilling issues are what led me to develop my drauflassen technique.

I also gave up the pre-chill and now I just run it through my CFC as fast as I can and put it in teh fridge till it is ready to pitch.  Back when I worked where there was a large ice machine it was no big deal but now having to go out and get ice is a PITA.


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 05:05 AM

I also gave up the pre-chill and now I just run it through my CFC as fast as I can and put it in teh fridge till it is ready to pitch.  Back when I worked where there was a large ice machine it was no big deal but now having to go out and get ice is a PITA.


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 05:10 AM

I also gave up the pre-chill and now I just run it through my CFC as fast as I can and put it in teh fridge till it is ready to pitch.  Back when I worked where there was a large ice machine it was no big deal but now having to go out and get ice is a PITA.


That beer in the recipe swap got pitched later on brewday. The drauflassen starter was rocking and the main batch had chilled to pitching temps. I think my IC only got it to 75F. Pitched at 58F. I wouldnt brew lagers if I had to rely on chilling to lager pitching temps.
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