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BrewBuilt™ IceMaster Max 2 Glycol Chiller
GLY357

BrewBuilt™ IceMaster Max 2 Glycol Chiller

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Due to high demand, this item is currently out of stock. Be the first to receive your items by placing a pre-order today. We will automatically ship this item to you when we receive more in late June.

 

The IceMaster Max 2 is designed to cool fermentations in small vessels. It features 2 built-in submersible pumps with independent digital temperature controllers and can be used with any vessel that has a glycol jacket or submersed cooling coil/rod. Each controller includes a temperature probe that should be inserted into a thermowell in your vessel or can be taped to the outside of the vessel if you don't have a thermowell. The digital controller then measures the temperature of your tank and turns the submersible pump on or off to cool to your desired set temperature. Up to two tanks can be controlled separately with one IceMaster Max 2.

The Max 2 is the perfect unit for brewers with 1 or 2 fermentation vessels. The IceMaster 100 and IceMaster Max 4 are terrific chillers, but for they have far more cooling capacity than the average homebrewer needs. The Max 2 is the most affordable glycol chiller we offer, and thanks to the built-in submersible pumps and controllers, there's no need to purchase additional pump kits to use with your cooling system(s).

Compatibility
The IceMaster can be used with any fermenter that has a built-in cooling jacket, added CoolStix, or a submersed cooling coil. It works well as the cooling source for the following sytems and fermenters.

  • CoolStix - CoolStix can be added to a wide range of carboys, fermenters, and tanks and the IceMaster works really well in combination. Each CoolStix is available with or without a pump kit; for use with the IceMaster Max 2 you will only need the CoolStix and some tubing to connect it to the chiller.  
  • Ss Brewtech Fermenters and Brites - Ss BME Chronicals, BME Brites, and Unitanks come with cooling coils and neoprene as standard. The optional chilling FTSs will not be needed for use with the Max 2.
  • Spike Conical with Optional Cooling Coil - the cooling coil for Spike CF series conicals is available for purchase independently from the TC-100 cooling system. For use with the Max 2 you will only need the the coil and some tubing to connect it to the chiller.
  • Speidel Tanks with Optional Cooling Jackets - You will need two lengths of tubing to connect the chiller to each tank.   
  • Grainfather Fermenters - Grainfather fermenters have standard cooling jackets. You will need two lengths of tubing for each fermenter.
  • Blichmann Fermenators with Optional Cooling Coil - You will need two lengths of tubing for each Fermenator.

Capacity
It is always difficult to determine exactly how many tanks can be chilled at one time as it depends on what is happening in each tank, if the tank is insulated, and what the ambient temperature is. Cold crashing always requires the most energy and requires tank insulation. We have experimented with capacities and can provide this general guide based on a 75°F ambient and neoprene insulation. Neoprene provides a modest amount of insulation so you would obtain better results using Armaflex or a higher R rated insulation. 

At 75°F ambient temperature with neoprene insulation, the Max 2 can cold crash one 1 BBL tank or two tanks up to 15 gallons in size at one time.

Set Up
In order to hook up the IceMaster to your fermenter or tank's cooling system, you will need 2 lengths of tubing per vessel. All tubing connections should be secured with hose clamps.

  • Length 1: Barb of 1st bulkhead (IN) to cooling system outlet
  • Length 2: Barb of 2nd bulkhead (OUT) to cooling system inlet

Specifications:

  • 2 built-in submersible pumps with independent digital controllers
  • Pump controller reads in °C
  • Temperature controller reads in °C
  • Labeled IN and OUT stainless bulkheads with 3/8" OD barbs
  • Tank Capacity: 17 L / 4.5 Gal. Water Capacity
  • Compressor: 3/8 HP
  • Cooling Capacity: 600 Watt/2000btu/.17 tons
  • Refrigerant: r134a
  • Voltage: 110V
  • Dimensions: 19" x 12" x 17.5"
  • Wheels not included

Note: The new model includes a sightglass that is connected via two plastic Duotight tees.  The tees can be attached onto the push tubes on the front of the unit. The sight glass can be fitted between the two tees and plugs need to be inserted on the outward facing openings. 

Prebook Item: Please note this item is not currently in stock, but is available for Pre-Order. We do require payment in full in order to reserve stock.
 
 
Item # GLY357
Weight 56 LBS
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Need a chiller for my two Spike CF10 conicals.
Adam Goldberg on May 11, 2021
Need to cold crash and to lager
John P on Apr 20, 2021
Need a chiller for my two Spike CF10 conicals.
Adam Goldberg on May 11, 2021
Price and size
Kenneth W on May 6, 2021
Need to cold crash and to lager
John P on Apr 20, 2021
Most affordable chiller on the market.
David K on Apr 19, 2021
Perfect mix of price and functions
Kyle H on Jan 15, 2021
Size and ease of use
Troy A on Dec 14, 2020
IceMaster Max reviews and pumps built in with digital readout.
Pete on Dec 5, 2020
Watched the video of the Kegland G20 and it seemed like the right fit for a single 7 gallon unitank.
DANIEL S on Dec 4, 2020
To use with my grainfather conical.
Beer dude on Nov 30, 2020
Price and reviews
Steve G on Nov 5, 2020
Old icemaster died (after only 2 years) and it's more expensive to fix than buy
William Andrews on Nov 4, 2020
Affordable and great reviews
Ulysses D on Oct 2, 2020
The price is the greatest incentive for this chiller. Also having the pumps and temperature controllers included is a huge savings. I plan on using this unit with SS Brewtech Chronicals, and it is a seamless match.
Mark D on Aug 2, 2020
Good price, good reviews. Meets the needs.
John M on Aug 2, 2020
Because I need to chill.... a couple of conicals...
Justin V on Aug 2, 2020
Internal pumps with dual controllers
Dana B Colwell on Aug 2, 2020
Price and size
Kenneth W on May 6, 2021
Most affordable chiller on the market.
David K on Apr 19, 2021
What is the decibel rating for this unit under load? Is is louder than a typical mini-fridge?
Jason Amsden on May 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The cooling unit has a fan for the condensing coil that is definitely noisier than the typical mini-fridge. IMO, noise level is not suitable for a living space--garage or basement OK.
What kind if warranty is offered, especially for the built-in temperature controllers?
Anthony on Sep 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: All of our products come with our standard 1 year wear-and-tear / factory defect warranty. We guarantee all parts of all of our products for 1 year of regular use. If you have an issue past then we are always here to help. Cheers!
Are there going to be wheels available for this?
brian romanowski on Apr 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: At this time we do not have plans to add caster options for this unit. I will pass your question along to our development team so they can get started on it. Cheers!
Can this be used with immersion chiller to cool wort after boil?
Mark Ingham on Mar 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We do not recommend using this to chill hot wort. The liquid coming out of your heat exchanger will be too hot for the compressor to handle and will burn out the machine quickly. We can recommend using the glycol to cool down a tank or bucket full of water that you can recirculate through your wort chiller. This will stop the chiller from being overwhelmed and will still save you water along the way.
Can this unit present Fahrenheit values?
Jason Amsden on May 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It seems that the newer generation of the Ice master 2 (2.1) has different temperature controllers for the pumps, than those on the original version. They don't appear to display in Fahrenheit.
I need to replace one of the pumps. What's the easiest way to get access to them?
Shawn Garrett on Feb 13, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If MoreBeer can't help you out with this, you can order a pump directly from KegLand. The IceMaster Max 2 is a rebranded KegLand Icemaster G20.
Will this work with the SS Brewtech Brew Buckets?
Anthony on Apr 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. This glycol chiller will work with any fermenter that has an internal chilling coil or a jacket.
What is the optimal temperature to set the main controller to when using glycol solution (not straight water)? I'll be using this with a pair of Spike CF10 conicals (getting all the hardware needed at purchase of those).
Adam Goldberg on Apr 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I tested the insulation of my chiller in the summer heat of a garage -- excellent. For maintaining ale fermentation temp, I have set the main temp to zero degrees, and it maintained temp with minimal effort. When I crash batches to drop the yeast, I have dropped the temp to -10 as this will more rapidly chill to the mid-thirties. Once at desired temp, I raise the temp back to zero as it will easily maintain temp. Then after yeast drop, carbonate (I also have the Spike CF-10) When I made a pilsner, I kept the main temp at -5 as the fermentation temps are much lower than an ale along with the need to adjust more times during the fermentation phase. I laagered the pilsner at 34 degrees for two months at the same setting. Think of what your ambient temp is where you're brewing. Mine is in a garage -- hot in summer/cold in winter. This unit is efficient to the point where electrical cost is minimal even where I am. I run the second temp controller through a 1/4 inch copper tubing coiled around a small corny keg in a five gallon cooler at the same time I am fermenting and laagering. No problems whatsoever. You also must be an engineer. Relax, Have a homebrew.
Will this chiller allow me to Lager a brew in my SS Brewtech conical with FTS lid?
Thomas S on Jul 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi Tom - the cooling capacity is greatly dependent on the ambient temperature, volume of the fermentation, and whether the fermenter is insulated with neoprene or other material. With that in mind, at 75°F ambient temperature with neoprene insulation, the Max 2 can cold crash one 1 BBL tank, so it should be fine maintaining lagering temperatures for your conical, assuming it's below 1 BBL in size.
Has anyone found an extension for the temperature probe? I only need about 3' more. Thanks!
Jay Nogle on Jan 24, 2021
Reviews

4.1 / 5.0
14 Reviews
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great Chiller
Best new addition to the brewery. Keeps great fermentation temperatures and cold crashes perfectly. Keeps two 14 gallon conicals at whatever temperature you want without any problems. Can’t beat the price anywhere else especially with built in pumps. Good design. Definitely recommend.
May 2, 2021
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Worth it
Excellent product for the price. I love mine. Worth the buy!
January 3, 2021
Purchased
9 months ago
Rated 3 out of 5
IceMaster Max2
Once I received the second unit it works very well. The first one I got leaked, the same problem a lot of others have had. I repaired one leak (loose crimp style hose clamp) then found a second leak. I returned first unit at that time.
Second one arrived and works very well. Quiet. Dropped 10 gallons of beer in a Spike CF10 fermenter almost 10 degrees per hour during cold crash. Held temp well without running very often.
MoreBeer customer service was very helpful and polite. Mostly lower rating because of lack of quality control on product and the pain of repairing a new hundreds of $$ equipment then having to drain, pack and ship back.
Would be nice if heating controls were wired and working for the US version. I know there is a hack to make it work. It says Heat & Cool right on the temp controllers. Why not make it work from factory if customers are doing it?
January 1, 2021
Rated 2 out of 5
Poor QC
Seems well engineered, seems like quality parts were used.
However, I had to disassemble, tighten the hose connections and reassemble. Basic common sense, make sure the hoses are connected securely. Now that it is not leaking like a sieve, it appears to do the job well.
chiller and fermenter
chiller and fermenter
December 15, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
It leaked out of the Box
The input port on one side leaked. The hose was not clamped properly inside. Had to remove and replace the clamp. Other then the shoddy workmanship. It works great once I repaired it.
December 15, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Chiller
The BrewBuilt Chiller came in on time as told. We let it set for a day before we did anything with it. It was a very easy set up. We had it hooked to our fermenter in just a few minutes after set up. We were now able to cold crash our first beer in the fermenter and that made all the difference in the turn out of our beer. For the price you can't beat this chiller. Best investment for our home brew system.
Getting ready to add another fermenter into our BrewBuilt Chiller system.
Our BrewBuilt Chiller hooked to our first fermenter.
December 10, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Nice for homebrew
Using this for the first time with my Femzilla with a cooling coil added. The temperature controllers are capable of controlling heaters, but are not wired for that. With my NorCal garage--cold in winter--I'll have to wire the heater circuit up myself. NOTE: Leak test with water but don't wait to put into service without the glycol solution, as this will make a big ice block internally with just water in it.
Chiller and Fermzilla. Pressure fermentation with CO2 flushing the serving keg.
Chiller and Fermzilla. Pressure fermentation with CO2 flushing the serving keg.
November 11, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Instructions are garbage, though this chiller is not.
September 20, 2020
Purchased
8 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
A few kinks but a good product
Got this chiller to keep my wine cool post fermentation. After some confusion and help from Morewine support, I got it working and now keeps my 60 liter Speidel container at the temperature I want. I paired it with a cool stick and a cooling jacket.
My setup
My setup
September 3, 2020
Purchased
9 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
MAX 2 REVIEW
I'll say right off its a very good glycol chiller and I recommend it. took about an hour to get the 4 gallon bath from 75deg f down to 30f. Its now running a real 5gal fermentation. used it to cool wort from 84 down to 70 because the water temp here is warm right now. worked perfectly. pitched and have the fermentation at 19c. The unit kicks on to keep the bath cool 2x an hour and only runs 2-4minutes per. The pump only comes on 1-2x an hour and runs 2minutes. might increase a little when fermentation picks up. when the compressor is running its about as loud as a microwave. not loud & can't hear it outside the room. the pumps, can barely tell they are on from 6ft away. 4star- because the controllers only read in C. the instructions were not with the unit. really hard to set up without them. They can be found online ( keg land G20.1 )
August 31, 2020
Purchased
9 months ago