"Awesome feedback everyone, thank you so much!
Now I'm convinced this is the way to go. I did think about it a bit more after reading all the responses and may add a pump to this set up (not initially, but down the road) to re-circulate my…"
"that's a pretty cool setup, I was also thinking about doing the pre-chiller idea. I would only really need that for lagers. My ground water hits 59/60 during the winter, and about 67 for the summer. Even with that I am still in range for ales.…"
"I use a pre-chiller during the summer and warmer months when the hot hose water doesn't do much good. We have the pre-chiller in a cooler with ice and water, just like you spoke about. Then the water runs to the coil chiller in the wort. We run…"
"Nice Rick! I'll probably do the same thing... I've got he whirlpool going with a march pump already. I just need a sump pump and some tubing/fittings and I'll be good to go. I'd like my sump to double as a keg/carboy cleaner."
"I just ditched my pre-chiller for a whirlpool immersion chiller set up. I used a sump pump and cooler to recirculate salted ice water through it. 6 gallons from 200 to 68 in about 10 mins! And saves some water. Pretty awesome. But I had to buy 2…"
"I have a pre-chiller. You would definitely want to take your beer temp down as close to the temperature of your ground water before adding the ice. I blew through a bag of ice pretty quickly and it dropped it 5 degrees for me. I'll have to try…"
When testing my new setup on the 5gal Oatmeal Stout, outside in 85 degree heat, I decided to coil my garden hose into a medium sized cooler and dumped ice and water in there. Next time I will add rock salt, which will bring the temperature…"
I think the pre-chiller is a great idea. I swore I would rig one up this year but never got to it. I have a whirlpool-chiller that works great at getting the temp down relatively fast but in the summer I just can't seem to get down all…"
Do any of you currently use a pre-chiller?I'm thinking of getting an Igloo cooler and fitting it with 50 feet of 1/2 copper pipe, dump ice in it and run my tap water through it before it goes into my wort chiller (another 50 feet of copper pipe)I've been reading alot of complaints from people that unless you're using a counterflow chiller, whirlpool chiller or a Therminator type of chiller it will take along time to cool down 5-10 gal batches.Since I'm putting my first all grain setup I'm…See More
I looked at your blog page. Nice Job!
I did notice that you had a post there mentioning that you were looking for a 10 gallon Polarware pot with a false bottom, ball valve and thermometer. You mentioned that you called some local homebrew…"
Hi,Does anyone know which LHBS carries organic malts? looking for 50lbs base malt. I believe Briess makes organic stuff, just not sure who sells it locally. I'd hate to order it out of state and pay for shipping...thanks!Jakewww.beervalley.comwww.suburbanbrewing.comSee More