Re: Cooling Water
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>my coolant line. It's 50' of 1/2 tube. The 1/2" size offers little
> I make beer so I have a wort chiller. I use it like a radiator on
resistance to my pump (although I have no idea how much resistance a
radiator causes). I blow a fan over it to help keep it cool. Works
great, no need for ice.
>inside a mini-fridge I have. To increase the cooling I left a small
> But at first I didn't think it'd be enough. So at first I put it
computer sized fan blowing air around in the fridge. This was
overkill for me, but may be necessary for others.
>like that) and it will heat your water less.
> Some general thoughts.
> 1. Pumps make heat. Plumb it so it isn't submerged (if it'll work
> 2. 5 gallons is a really small reservoir. A larger reservoir likea trashcan or something will work a lot better.
> 3. Evaporation cools things down, if you have low humidity (luckyyou), a fan over the surface of the reservoir might help more than you
> 4. Think dual use. If you are thinking of buying something,combine it with another purpose. Don't tear up a fridge just to cool
a bucket, use the fridge for fermentation temp control too. Or a beer
fridge. Or something.
>I saw a post about using an oil cooler and thought it was a good idea
so I set one up, works like a charm, no ice, small fan keeps the water
cool enough and I'm using less than 5 gallons, of course, that may
change when summer comes since it is very cold here now but I expect
it'll be fine. Threw away all my 2 liter plastic bottles and recovered
some freezer space in the mean time. Since I was eager to try out the
oil cooler concept, I bid on several on EBay and got all three, one
has an integral fan but is smaller, got these things for less than