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Thread: Glycol Chiller, is 3/4 HP enough?

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    Glycol Chiller, is 3/4 HP enough?

    I need to cool 5 jacketed 2bbl fermentors and 1 Bright tank. I was looking at a Foxx Equipment 3/4hp glycol line chiller.

    Will that be enough? Any other brands I should checkout?

    Thank you

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    Yes that should be enough. Although 1hp would be better

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    A few things to consider, line chillers are usually fitted with a positive displacement pump that has too high of a pressure output for tank jackets and too low of flow rates. They also often have reservoirs that are too small to handle the sorts of thermal loads you will have when trying to crash/ control multiple tanks.
    I totally get a bit of boot strapping, but I would recommend going with a 1hp unit with a centrifugal pump and a good sized reservoir that is actually built for cooling tanks.
    Just my 2 cents.

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    We chill and crash our two 10BBL tanks with a Kreyer 45. I don't think you get much more budget that that. I looked into the line chillers but the effort to make them work wasn't worth the savings.

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    What Richard wrote. These use a positive-displacement pump that is quite capable of damaging/bursting glycol jackets unless you use a very reliable bypass regulator between intake and outlet of the system.

    The tiny reservoir is not enough buffering. You'll have trouble crashing a ferm, and you'll be constantly short-cycling the compressor on the chiller.
    Timm Turrentine

    Brewerywright,
    Terminal Gravity Brewing,
    Enterprise. Oregon.

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    I use a few of those Foxx UBC 3/4HP glycol chillers for my 7 bbl operation and am happy with them. I am posting a few other links to previous ProBrewer discussions which will give you some more opinions.

    https://discussions.probrewer.com/sh...611#post239611

    https://discussions.probrewer.com/sh...965#post245965

    Good luck.

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    Great
    Thank you people

    Whats the go to 1hp unit that has a large enough reservoir and can hook directly up without blowng the jackets off my tanks?

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    Just wondering, are you guys running these smaller glycol chillers IN your ferm room? Wondering how much heat they produce?

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    I run 2 of these 3/4hp units in my brewery room, which houses the brewhouse and 6 fermenters and associated brew junk. Room is roughly 12' x 30' with 9.5' ceilings. I haven't had any issues with heat from the units. They throw off some heat, but it is negligible in my space.

    Good luck.

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