Sunday, January 5, 2014

Wort chiller closed loop with pump revisited IN THE SNOW

When I first tried this in the summer, chilling the 14 gallons of wort required MANY more pounds of ice than I had anticipated.  I decided to abandon the idea and just hook the chiller to my hose and run the wastewater into my garden.  I hated using the hundreds of gallons, especially since it was inefficient to use 60 degree water.  Then it dawned on me yesterday:  I have more ice than I could ever use in my back yard!
Using snow to fill the chiller, I was able to cool 14 gallons from 212 to 60 in about an hour.  Keep in mind that I cheaped out and only use a 20' x 3/8" coil. 

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