Risk melting an aquarium pump like this: Any input is appreciated, Thanks, steve Posted Jul 19, 2010 The Link to the aquarium pump took me to the home page of Sears, so I am not sure what that was. Notice that sanitary smooth, tri-clamp connections along with sanitary welded stainless tubing are utilized throughout the unit. For instance, the pump must be kept below the liquid level being pumped. Any extra is ready to go with the pump in place for the. However, you should make sure to have all the materials you need on hand before beginning. Home brewers using partial-mash and all grain recipes typically find that wort chillers produce the best results. It seemed either way I was hosed.
Make sure you test the recirculating wort chiller with water outside before you use it. It was a royal pain in the rear to make, but with some small changes to procedure, wouldn't be that bad. Having a kettle with a ball valve is ideal in this scenario. The only way to make that better is the crushed ice solution, which increase the surface area for the heat transfer. The giant ice cubes did not seem to get the water as cold.
Wasting water really bugs me as well. When I needed to get the temperature of my wort down to pitching temperatures I filled up my sink over and over again with cold water and finally dumped in the ice. I then took a hole saw and cut a hole. I can envision one of those plate chillers in my future… I bought an immersion chiller myself and the waste water was my first concern. And to clarify my pervious statement since it sounded a little confusing when I reread it. I also suggest getting a quick disconnect to go on top of the pump. And, they all work on the principle of heat exchange.
Even though you can chill faster, your hot break is inside your primary, and that's what you want to avoid. Whirlpooling and use of a hop blocker or screen are recommended. Rapidly cooling wort is also important because it will help to discourage certain off-flavors in the finished brew. The ice maker in my fridge would no way keep up with the demand on brew day, so making large ice cubes is a more cost effective method. While they all have a very similar fundamental setup, there may be a few pumps that require a little something extra. Next, just turn on your water slower the water flow, the better. Heavy duty brass fittings attach to your cold water tap with a garden hose connector.
I had to buy a lot of ice to keep up. In fact, buying the right pump for your brewing setup will make a significant difference in cleanup time, contamination risk, and cost. In this instructable, I am going to demonstrate how I built a wort chiller for homebrewing beer. I began boiling two gallons of water to simulate boiling wort and once it was almost there, I filled up the cooler with ice water. The flow of the water should go from the reservoir to the pump to the chiller and then back into the reservoir. Although gravity might work fine for chiller, cleaning and sanitizing the plate chiller with just gravity might be very difficult and time consuming. No matter which type of wort chiller you choose, adding one to your toolkit will make brewing beer more enjoyable and save you time.
I haven't seen any quite as large as the rectangular coolers, though, so I guess you would need more ice or add rock salt to lower the temperature? I then hook the immersion chiller up to the other end of the hose attached to the pond pump, turn on the pump, and let it take the wort the rest of the way. Chill-Wizard is now even smarter! To keep my coils relatively equal, I used a 3 liter plastic soda bottle to check my progress. It seemed so obvious, I decided I needed to try it. The goal is to get the hot break out, not have a race with chilling times. If the pump is not food grade, it is not safe for use in brewing, especially at higher temperatures. Also, because the wort is flowing through a coil and is enclosed there is less risk of exposing the liquid to contaminants. Sucks cuz there's a re-stocking fee.
I use 944play's method - chill with ground water first - knock that 212F down, without using up my ice resources, then switch over. I used several ice packs to keep the water cold, but ice worked much better. You might also have heard that an immersion chiller is a common way to quickly cool wort. Might just ice bath this batch tomorrow and order that pump online to save some cash. This is where the wort will enter the chiller via clear tubing that will slide onto the barb. Garden hose fitting makes for easy attachment to a utility sink.
Easily adjust the angle and position of the input and output hoses unlike soldered copper designs. Normally 2 or 3 couplers are included so you can mate different size hose diameters. You can also use a cleaned and sanitized pump to circulate your wort through a counterflow chiller and into the fermenter. I'll have to put an instructable on it up some time. They are cheap and make the connection tight.