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Modify pump to chill

Unread postby matte75 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:09 am

Hello, great forum! Here´s my question. i have a 50l Braumeister, bought in 2009. I have a heat exchanger and a thing that i have been wondering about for a few brews is if its possible to modify one of the pumps for pumping out the wort through the heat exchanger? A T-pipe with a valve, a separate switch to turn on the pump or something like that?

What do you braumeisters out there think?
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Re: Modify pump to chill

Unread postby Dicko » Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:47 am

I would be inclined to leave the BM as it is and just buy a pump to do what you want to do with it.

They don't appear to be that expensive. from ebay
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Re: Modify pump to chill

Unread postby niels » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:03 am

I second Dicko's reply. I would leave the BM as is and use an external pump.

Just thinking out loud:
1) Add a BrauTim-style dip tube/hop filter
2) Modify the spigot to add an easier connection for the pump (e.g. as shown by Batz)
3) Use the pump with a plate chiller connected to the spigot

I personally use a immersion chiller. A few days before brewing I fill a few ice cream boxes with water and put them in the freezer. I have a Curver box filled with water in which I add those big ice cubes during the last 15 minutes of the boil. This chills the water to about 4~5°C. When chilling I start with the chiller connected to the tap until I reach about 20~25°C (depending on the season) and then I switch it over to a fountain pump I put in the Curver box. I recirculate the "ice water" because otherwise the box will be empty in no time. Simple let the "warm" water run off onto the ice cube(s) which will chill it instantly. I can easily chill my wort to 16~17°C (and probably lower if I would be doing a lager).

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Re: Modify pump to chill

Unread postby Batz » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:10 am

Best to buy a separate pump as the others have stated.
You can add a hop back as well, mount them all on a piece of timber so it's easy the move around, and your done.

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Re: Modify pump to chill

Unread postby niels » Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:20 am

Batz wrote:Best to buy a separate pump as the others have stated.
You can add a hop back as well, mount them all on a piece of timber so it's easy the move around, and your done.

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Which pump are you using, Batz?

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Re: Modify pump to chill

Unread postby Batz » Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:38 pm

Mine is a March Pump, it's a carry over from my old 3V set up.
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