View Full Version : Glycol Chiller Question - A lower cost alternative

02-13-2014, 10:59 AM
Hello everyone,

First off this is my first post and I wanted to thank you all for this amazing resource. I have been browsing in the background for sometime and am finally beginning to take the steps to make our dream a reality and the help here has been so valuable.

Anyways, I haven't seen any post in regards to this particular topic (if I missed it I am sorry, I just briefly looked through to see). I have been researching a more cost effective method to get a glycol system implemented for our jacketed fermenters. The option from pro-chiller would be great but would be rather capital intensive. I found some small chillers that are used to chill beverage lines that could likely be used to cool our tanks (if we got a chiller for each perhaps)! Would these be a viable alternative (http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/glycol-chiller/index.shtml). Unfortunately, I am unsure of the size that would be required to chill a 7BBL tank.



02-13-2014, 11:11 AM
Get this...
Add this...
Control with these...

Done. This is the exact setup I use. Each setup controls up to two 15bbl tanks.

More info here...

02-13-2014, 11:21 AM
I guess I need to look a harder next time. Either way, thank you very much for your prompt response.

02-13-2014, 01:03 PM
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February 13, 2014
Afternoon Andrew,
Sandy here at JCY.
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02-13-2014, 01:41 PM
I currently am using the UBC 1/2hp extra to cool 2 5-BBL bright tanks. I only have too chill them too 38F 24/7. So no need too have solenoids or temp control, like ferm. temp ramps of 68-to 34F. There's a link on here of a guy using the UBC 3/4hp with the extra pump to chill 2 10bbl fermenters. He's using johnson controlers too turn the pumps on and off to their induvdual temps instead of using a constant loop with not solenoids. Not the best for the motors being turned on&off frequently, but works well on a low budget for awhile. Heres the link: http://discussions.probrewer.com/showthread.php?23413-glycol-beer-line-system-for-nano-fermenters/page2

02-13-2014, 02:25 PM
For 1 7-BBL ferm. you will need about 2650 btu/hr minimum to chill 7 BBLs from 68F to 34F in 24 hours,(industry standard). To figure out btu/hr demand is pretty simple. Take the weight of beer in gals. x 8.6( 1 gal water plus .avg terminal gravity) x Temp diff. / divded cooling time in hours.

Basic Load Calculator:

Weight x Temp Drop = BTU/hr Load

BTU load divided by the length in hours too achieve temp drop provides the minimum BTU/hr duty.

Example: 1- 7bbl fermenter

7 bbls x 31 gallons (beer) = 217 .gals
217 x 8.34 lb (1 gal water) = 1809.78 lbs
1809.78 x 1.012(avg. gravity) = 1831.50 lbs
Cooling from 68F - 34F = 34 temp differential
1831.50 x 34 (temp. diff) = 62271/ Btu
Cooling time in hrs ( lets use 24hr in this example)
62271 / 24hrs = 2595 Btu/hr duty

Lets say you want too drop from 68F to 34F in 12 hrs instead of 24

62271 / 12hrs = 5190 Btu/hr duty

You can use the above formula with whatever temp differentials and cooling time to figure out your minimum cooling capacity you need. Also a
1- ton chiller is roughly 12000/btu hr capacity.

Cheers!! Hope my babbling made some sense.

02-13-2014, 02:43 PM
My 5-bbl Brite tanks