Hands On: More Beer’s Inline Thermometer + Whirlpool Chiller Time Trial

On a recent brew day, I got the chance to give More Beer’s inline thermometer setup a try.  This is an all stainless setup, with stainless quick disconnects that allows you to place a thermometer inline at any point in your system.

The heart of this unit is a Fermentap Dial Thermometer 

Top View.  You can see the all stainless construction and the stainless quick disconnects

Thermometer Calibration Screw

I found the inline thermometer to be well built.  It also served it’s purpose well.  It allows you to check the temperature at a specific point in your process.  I think because liquid is moving past this thermometer, you’re getting a great picture of what the temperature actually is at any given point.

I used this to monitor my chill progress.  Video…

My apologies that this video is a bit shaky at points.  You can watch it for 9 minutes and 12 seconds or just realize that it took 9 minutes and 12 seconds to get to pitching temp.

My batch was about 5.25 Gallons.  It took 9 minutes and 12 seconds to get to 68 degrees.  Add a couple more seconds on from turning the hose on to starting the video.  Ground water temp was 57.7 degrees.  I’d say those are dandy results.

Results will vary based on groundwater temp.  In my initial trials, I was able to get 5.25 gallons of boiling water down to pitching temp in 5 minutes.  Of course, water is easier to chill than wort.

My setup is a 50′ copper immersion chiller with a recirculation arm along with a high flow March pump.

Inline Thermometer with Stainless Quick Disconnects WC420 – $64.95 Shipped

Wort Chiller – SuperChiller with Recirculation WC45A – $129.95 Shipped

If you want to add a recirculation arm to your existing immersion chiller.  Two sizes are available.

If you want to add a recirculation arm to your existing immersion chiller.  Two sizes are available.

This is the high flow March pump that I use.  I use it for recirculating mash, transferring from mash tun to kettle, chilling and transferring from the brew kettle to fermenter.

March High Temperature Brewing Pump – High Flow H315HF – $159.95 Shipped

This is the same pump with complete assembly.  That assembly includes a purge valve which I highly recommend.  The purge valve allows you to purge any air pockets and bits of grain (if you decide to use this to recirculate your mash).  It also includes a ball valve on the outlet side of pump.  You use this ball valve to control flow rate.  Of course, when you’re chilling you want it wide open.  Slowing down the flow rate comes into play when you’re recirculating your mash or transferring from mash tun to brew kettle.

This is currently on sale.

March Pump Assembly H320 – $195.95

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