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BrewBuilt™ IceMaster Max 2 Glycol Chiller With Two Built In Temperature Controllers and Pumps
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BrewBuilt™ IceMaster Max 2 Glycol Chiller With Two Built In Temperature Controllers and Pumps

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Description

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
  • CE Certified

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. 

Warning: Do not set the reservoir temperature controller lower than 28°F (-2ºC). Running the unit below this temperature may negatively affect the unit's efficiency and has the potential to freeze beer which may impact the finished beer's flavor.

 

 
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Why did you choose this?
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A gift for my brewing nephew in this hot climate.
Uncle Hank on May 19, 2022
Because it wasn't too expensive, and I can cold crash. I have a spike unitank
Kevin Stewart on Apr 6, 2022
A gift for my brewing nephew in this hot climate.
Uncle Hank on May 19, 2022
To ferment in the garage
Kevin Chorzelewski on Apr 27, 2022
Because it wasn't too expensive, and I can cold crash. I have a spike unitank
Kevin Stewart on Apr 6, 2022
To improve the quality of my home brew
Nolan S on Apr 1, 2022
Great value, good reviews, right size
Rob L on Mar 26, 2022
BEST PRICE
Salvador R on Mar 23, 2022
I like to party
Valued C on Mar 12, 2022
Size and price
Mike T on Feb 11, 2022
Ready to use at a lower cost point than competitors, good reviews
Patrick C on Feb 3, 2022
It's an all in one product not needing pumps or controllers. My ony complaint woud be to have a hot side of fth controllers
Gregory B on Jan 31, 2022
Best price
Timothy j W on Jan 4, 2022
Most cost effective glycol chiller
Brendan Randall on Dec 4, 2021
Good reviews
Jerry K on Nov 27, 2021
Starting some small brews.
Michael G on Nov 19, 2021
To grew Lagers
Allen W on Oct 14, 2021
Good reviews and perfect size and price
Daniel J on Oct 8, 2021
Good match for my SS Brewtech Chronical BME Half Barrel
Ryan N on Oct 8, 2021
Ferm control for two styles of beer.
Val G on Sep 30, 2021
bought a conical
Alex A on Aug 28, 2021
For making lager beers cold crashing
Anita S on Jul 2, 2021
Cold crashing in my warm garage.
Rafael P on Jun 29, 2021
Best combination of features and price
Stanley Hirshman on Jun 25, 2021
Right size and good reviews
David Hill on Jun 23, 2021
Need a chiller for my two Spike CF10 conicals.
Adam Goldberg on May 11, 2021
Price and size
Kenny W on May 6, 2021
Need to cold crash and to lager
JP 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.
Peter Danish 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 Vincent on Aug 2, 2020
Internal pumps with dual controllers
Dana B Colwell on Aug 2, 2020
To ferment in the garage
Kevin Chorzelewski on Apr 27, 2022
To improve the quality of my home brew
Nolan S on Apr 1, 2022
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 compressor is not very loud but the fan is quite loud and the sound is at a higher pitch. I would not recommend placing this in a living room or office. Putting it in a garage or basement should be fine.
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.
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: You want to set the controller about 20° below whatever setpoint, or lowest set point, you will be using for the beer. But, you don’t want to go much below that, otherwise you start getting some significant temperature swings in the beer itself.
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 chiller allow me to Lager a brew in my SS Brewtech conical with FTS lid?
Tom Sills 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.
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.
Today I spoke with a friend who had received his Icemaster Max 2 last week. He assured me that the unit can also heat up. I can hardly believe it, but if so: Why is that not specified anywhere? I only know that you have the possibility to connect a heating device which is then also controlled by the internal controller (version 2.1). Does my buddy now have a kind of version 2.2?
Stefan Mueller on Dec 6, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry and we apologize for the confusion. This unit does not come with any heating device nor a controller specifically designated for heating. It is possible to use the controllers with a heating device but you will then not have that controller available for a cooling application. There is no version 2.2 in the works at this time.
Where can I download an operation manual?
Kevin Stewart on May 4, 2022
BEST ANSWER: It won't let me include the link. The file download is on the BrewBuilt dot com website.
The help desk at MoreBeer is also helpful since there is missing info in the manual.
Mike
How much electricity does this draw? Considering on maintaining ale temps in a garage during the summer.
Kevin Chorzelewski on Apr 8, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Not an exact answer, but there is data on the unit for amperage draw. When I initially received mine, I was impressed on how little the unit's compressor ran in my warm (hot) garage during the summer. It is well insulated. I use a Spike conical fermenter with the neoprene insulating cover, and additionally will cover it up with a blanket or tarp. How long the pumps run will depend on the insulation of the fermenter. I also run the glycol lines inside the foam tubes you can get at HD or Lowes that are used on hot water pipes. You will be happy with this chiller.
duo tight connects for input/output on ice master and eva barrier tubing?

I would like to use duo tight fittings on the input/output on the barbs. What parts would be needed for these connections?
h marc gorfinkle on Mar 20, 2022
BEST ANSWER: the input and output hose barb are stepped so I don't think a Duo tight connector will work directly on the chiller
Can the glycol hose barbs be replaced with quick connects?
Jeffrey Morrison on Dec 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: You could complicate matters, but just put a short hose on the barbs and install a quick disconnect to that short hose. That allows you to easily revert to just using a hose if you later decide to or if you pass along the chiller to another if your brewing practices change.
Has anyone found an extension for the temperature probe? I only need about 3' more. Thanks!
Jay Nogle on Jan 24, 2021
BEST ANSWER: You should be able to use standard RTD or Thermocouple wire to extend the temperature probes. RTD wire has 3 wires, Thermocouple wire has 2. It is fairly simple to see how many wires are coming off of your controller for the temp probe, order that type of wire, then splice it in between the end of the current wires and the temp controller itself.
what is the operating PSI of the pump? I am looking to use this with a glycol jacket that is rated for 8 PSI max, will this work with that?
h marc gorfinkle on May 24, 2022
Is there a Duotight fitting that will work with the bulkheads on the chiller?
Sebastian McEachern on Mar 7, 2022
Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Rated 3 out of 5
Love it but . . .
This seems to be the lowest price point for a feature-packed chiller targeting those of us in the "home brewer" category. I've been seriously brewing for 4+ years building up to conical fermenters, temp control systems, 6-keg 4-tap taproom, etc. A glycol chiller was last on my wish list and I was finally to the point where it was time to dump the Igloo cooler and spend the money for one. This unit is a well built, compact, cool looking addition and capable of chilling both fermenters (14 gal and 7 gal SSBrewtech Chronicals) simultaneously. The two built-in temp controllers and pumps work great. The default settings on the chiller tank are probably fine left alone but can be programmed to fit your personal needs.

Notable negatives include a 3-page owner's manual that totally blows. It covers the basics as a "quick set-up" guide and that's about it. The unit has "heat & cool" written on the temp control panels, but there is no mention of any "heating" capability in the anemic owner's manual. Zip! There are no easy to find on-line resources to address such anomalies. Also, the push-button controls are tiny and a bit tricky to use, especially on the rear (chiller tank) control panel. They feel somewhat cheap to the touch and are a bit tricky to push/engage. I read similar complaints by others who have reviewed this unit.

I would give it a 4-star rating due to the push button control issue and the scant documentation in the manual. I took one more star away as my initial unit was flawed. When I unpacked it and started the test run, it worked for 10 minutes before the two temp controller LED screens went blank. Nothing I tried brought them back to life. I reached out to MoreBeer and they didn't have a fix, so they sent a replacement unit pronto. It, so far, is working great.

Bottom line, I am pumped to have a glycol chiller. No more swapping out frozen water jugs during the first week of fermentation. No more worries about diving into the world of lagering brews when the mood arises. No problems cold crashing my beer prior to kegging. This unit is remarkably compact and adds a cool vibe to my taproom/brew house.
February 16, 2022
Purchased
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
very quiet. completely self contained. So much cheaper than the alternaives
works great. remember to add tubes to in and out i you are not using one of the outputs
January 26, 2022
Purchased
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Exactly what I needed and works perfectly!!!
January 23, 2022
Purchased
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Incredible Value
I've been using this for nearly a year now, and completely without issue. Set up was easy, and it has worked flawlessly every time. Considering that it comes with the pumps and controllers already installed, this is a fantastic value for the typical low volume home brewer when compared to other glycol chillers on the market. I initially used with with a couple of Fermzilla fermenters until the Brewtools unitanks became available, and now primarily use it with the Brewtools F40. Cold crashing down to 2c is no issue at all for this chiller. Holding two small fermenters at fermentation temps presents no problems. Haven't tried cold crashing two at once, so won't offer an opinion there. More Beer's write up says it'll cold crash a 1BBL fermenter, so I doubt two five gallon batches would phase it much. Long story short: Highly recommended for home brewers. I truly believe you won't find a better value.
January 13, 2022
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Exceeded my expections
This all in one unit has so far exceeded my exceptions. seems to be well constructed and temps are very accurate. Set up is easy.Just one area of improvement would be to add some care & maintenance instructions to the documentation. There is nothing about this.
December 20, 2021
Purchased
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great chiller
The chiller works well for our homebrew operation. Conditioning lagers in the G4 is taking less time and producing great beer.
Chiller with 14gal Blichmann G4 Fermenator.
Easy setup and great performance and flexibility.
Chiller with 14gal Blichmann G4 Fermenator. Easy setup and great performance and flexibility.
November 27, 2021
Purchased
7 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Works pretty well
Very easy to set up. No leaks. Pretty quiet but you definitely know when it is cooling down. My only complaint is that is reads in Celsius.
September 22, 2021
Purchased
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great investment!
Picked this up at the border. No problems bringing it across. Used it to cold crash two fermenters with a pseudo-lager. So much simpler than switching out ice packs! Highly recommend!
September 11, 2021
Purchased
9 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Tighten down the sight glass before filling
Fought leaks and ended up having to disassemble it to correctly assemble the “sight glass” fittings. Once that was done it’s been smooth sailing.
August 30, 2021
Purchased
10 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect.
Keeps my beer at the temp I need it at. Celcius is a little bit of a PITA but I'm american, so.
August 5, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago