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GLY351

Icemaster 100 Glycol Chiller with Stainless Bulkheads

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Description

The Icemaster is designed to cool fermentations in small vessels. It can be used with any vessel that has a glycol jacket or submersed cooling coil/rod. For each vessel you want to cool you will need to buy one of our Glycol Pump Kits.  Each tank is able to be separately temperature controlled. Each Glycol Pump Kit includes a submersible pump that is placed in the cool bath of this chiller along with a digital controller. The digital controller includes a thermal probe that should be inserted into a thermal well in your vessel or can be taped to the outside of the vessel if you don't have a thermal well. 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 four tanks can be controlled separately with one Icemaster and four Glycol Pump Kits (GLY355). 

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

  • Ss Brewtech Fermenters and Brites with optional FTS Temperature Control Systems: Because FTS systems include a pump and controller you will not need to buy a separate Glycol Pump Kit.  
  • Spike Conical with Optional Cooling Package - Because the optional Spike cooling system includes a pump and controller you will not need to buy a separate Glycol Pump Kit. 
  • Speidel Tanks with Optional Cooling Jackets - You will need one Glycol Pump Kit for each tank.   
  • Grainfather Fermenters - Grainfather fermenters have standard cooling jackets. You will need one Glycol Pump Kit for each fermenter
  • Blichmann Fermenators with Optional Cooling Coil - You will need one Glycol Pump Kit 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 degree ambient and neoprene insulation. Neoprene does not provide much in the way insulation so you would obtain better results using Armaflex or a higher R rating insulation.  If only controlling fermentation temps the capacity would be higher.  Four Glycol Pump Kits (GLY355) is the maximum that will fit in the Icemaster. We are working on smaller glycol pump kits, where the pumps have smaller footprints, so the Icemaster right now has the capacity to use 5 pumps through the bulkhead fittings. 

Cold Crashing capacity at 75F with neoprene insulation (double for fermentation temperature control): 

2 - 1BBL (31 Gallon) Tank with neo
3 to 4 - 1/2BBL (15-20 Gallon) Tanks
4+ - 10-14 Gallon Tanks 
4+ - 5-7 Gallon Tanks

Set Up
In order to hook up the Icemaster to your fermenter or tank's cooling system, you will need 4 lengths of tubing. All tubing connections should be secured with hose clamps.

  • Length 1: Submersible pump outlet to inner barb of 1st bulkhead
  • Length 2: Outer barb of 1st bulkhead to cooling system inlet
  • Length 3: Cooling system outlet to outer barb of 2nd bulkhead
  • Length 4: Inner barb of 2nd bulkhead to Icemaster resevoir (should drain freely, no connection necessary)

Specifications:

  • Tank Capacity: 40L/10 Gal. Water Capacity
  • Compressor: 3/8 HP
  • Cooling Capacity: 950 Watt/3200btu/.26 tons
  • Refrigerant: r134a
  • Voltage: 110V
  • Dimensions: 410mm x 410mm x 660mm
  • Includes 10 stainless bulkheads with 3/8" OD barbs

 

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Item # GLY351
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 111LBS
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Why did you choose this?
MoreFlavor Store
Compared it to the SSBrewtech 3/8HP and this looks like a great value
Michael S on Sep 26, 2018
Tired of dumping ice all day in my SS Brewtech
Ted N on Sep 19, 2018
Compared it to the SSBrewtech 3/8HP and this looks like a great value
Michael S on Sep 26, 2018
size, cost, convenience
Robert D on Sep 22, 2018
Tired of dumping ice all day in my SS Brewtech
Ted N on Sep 19, 2018
size, cost, convenience
Robert D on Sep 22, 2018
Does the chiller come with casters or are they a separate item?
Berry Scott on Nov 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. It includes Casters that you have to attach. 4 screws per.
I would use the Icemaster to chill boiled wort down to pitching temp before transferring to the fermenter. My system is 1-bbl, target temp probably 70-75F. I usually do a hop stand, so the drop in temp is approx 100F.

I would probably use the unit to chill my municipal water supply well below ground temp, and use a counterflow chiller or similar, rather than directly cool the wort with glycol (since that would likely overload the thermal capacity of the Icemaster).

Does this sound like a reasonable use of the Icemaster, or do people suggest a different way to cool 30+ gallons of hot wort?
Daniel Cook on Sep 13, 2018
Reviews

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Good buy if you can get it on sale and are willing to do a little tinkering to get it to run correctly.
I first want to say that MoreBeer was great in regards to responding to the issues that I had with the unit and compensated me for my time for the tinkering I had to do to get the unit to run correctly. After I made the fix to the drain system, the unit worked fine. The first unit I received, the fan was off balance causing noise and the unit leaked near the drain. MoreBeer responded quickly by sending a replacement unit. On the new unit, the fan issue was gone, but the leak issue remained. The manufacturer uses a red rubber hose reinforced with stainless steel mesh. Well, the worm gear clamp that is used will not clamp the hose tight enough to stop leaking at the nipple of the tank due to the metal mesh reinforcement. Also the manufacturer uses a Sharkbite style fitting at the end of the hose with a brass cap. The fitting is of poor quality and leaks. So what I did was opened up the cabinet, totally removed the red hose, the worm gear, and the Sharkbite fitting entirely.
I replaced it with a braided food grade silicone hose, two new worm gear clamps, a stainless steel barbed fitting, and a quarter turn angled water valve.
It doesn't leak and the silicone hose should hold up to the possible expansion and contraction of any water that could possibly freeze.
It took about 3 hours total in time (and about 50 swear words) to get the hardware, open the cabinetry, removing the old hardware and install the new hardware, which was about $29ish. So far I’ve used the unit for two weeks straight and it’s been running like a champ. The compressor is not any noisier than a regular refrigerator/freezer compressor. I wish the PID controller was able to Fahrenheit readings vs Celsius, but that just takes a quick math conversion.
My fix to the drain issue
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November 10, 2018
Response from MoreFlavor
Thanks! Nice work!
November 12, 2018
Zach R Staff
Shipped on its side due to double packaging so caused damage. Leaked during first use and sounded super loud when running. Do not recommend. Returned right away.
October 27, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Great unit!
Only used for 1 lager but so far love it. Great price easy to hook up. Kinda loud but its in the basement so i dont mind. And it does not hold 10 gallons. I poured 3 gallons of glycol and 5 gallons of distilled water and it was spilling out as I moved it around.
October 21, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Chills well but many problems
After several weeks of use the Icemaster 100 chills well but has many problems.
First the good:
It arrived about 1 week after ordering with free shipping. I was worried when I saw it on the porch. Fed Ex had destroyed the box. It was torn in several places, had several holes and most of the corners were damaged. Fortunately Morebeer packaged it well. Inside the outer box all of the Connors had foam protectors. The inner box was not damaged.
The chiller works well despite many problems I will get to later.
After assembly without any instructions I let it set undisturbed for 24 hours to allow the compressor oil to settle and then filled it with water to test. I set the temperature to 2.2 degrees Celsius. It cannot be changed to Fahrenheit which is annoying. I checked back in one hour and water was at 36 degrees. It easily maintained this temperature in an 85 degree garage. After 24 hours Ice was beginning to build up around the coils in the tank. After testing for 24 hours I attempted to drain so I could refill with a glycol solution. I opened the drain and it very slowly started dripping out. It took over 20 hours to drain.
It also performs well with warm wort in a conical. I brewed a 10 gal batch, chilled to 101 degrees with a counter flow chiller and filled my conical.
The icemaster had been refilled with a 20% glycol solution. The reservoir only holds about a little over 8 gallons. (It is advertised as holding 10 gallons) I set it at -2.2 degrees Celsius (28F) and it was quickly at temperature.
10 gallons of wort dropped from 101F to 66F in 1 hour with a 10F degree rise in the glycol temperature. The compressor ran the entire time. After two hours the wort temperature had stabilized at 60F and the glycol temperature was down to -2.7C. The compressor will was still running continuously. The glycol temperature quickly dropped to the set temperature of -2.2C and the compressor then cut off. The Icemaster is easily able to maintain the set temperature of -2.2 in a warm garage while holding 10 gallon of wort at 60-65 F. It can also easily drop the wort temperature to 36F to chill.

Unfortunately there are many problems with this chiller and are the reasons I only gave it 2 stars.
Upon removing from the box and examining the unit I was pleased that there was not any physical damage. I did however notice that there were two screws that hold the top on missing and one screw missing from a side panel. There was also one side panel screw that was present but had been stripped. I examined the other screw holes and they did not appear stripped, just missing. The paint was also starting to flake off around these holes and the metal was beginning to rust.
I also noticed a loud rattling noise coming from the lower compressor compartment. I opened it and found two large bolts bouncing around in the bottom I still do not know where these bolts came from.
The Icemaster is also very loud. It is in my garage and I can hear it indoors when the compressor is running. I cannot see how anyone could keep this indoors.
The drain would be a nice feature if it worked. It took over 20 hours to drain about 8 gallons of water. I may just plug it up to prevent leaks.
The instructions that come with the icemaster are a joke! The set you can download from Morebeer are only slightly better. For $900 someone needs to sit-down and wright a decent set of instructions and include them in the packaging.

I shared my concerns with Morebeer and Tony responded within 24 hours asking for more information and photos. I replied with the requested information and have not heard back from Tony. It has been two weeks.

Overall the unit performs well but is very loud and was missing screws. I am concerned about the shoddy workmanship from the factory in China. I wonder how this will affect the lifespan of the Icemaster.

Based on it being loud and the workmanship I do not recommend the Icemaster 100 !!!!!!!

Morebeer offers a 60 day return and I am considering returning the Icemaster but the return shipping will be expensive.
October 15, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Horrible customer service
It’s okay, I don’t like the fact it doesn’t come with instructions on how to hook up your pumps.

On top of that, your customer service is horrible. One of my hop orders got damaged and no one caught it so I had to call to point it out before they sent me new hops. Upon calling to ask technical questions about the chiller, I had some girl who acted like she didn’t care. She submitted a ticket (9/27/2018) and she never got back to me so I had to set it up which I think it might be correct but how am I supposed to know without directions.

So basically I don’t know how I like it because I don’t know if it’s even set up correctly
October 14, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Simple and inexpensive
Works great but....don't expect right out of the box flawlessness. Much like the previous review, I had a leak at the drain. The issue is the hose clamp holding the shark bite hose in place. Replacing the clamp with a higher quality one solved the leak issue, but i would recommend plugging the whole thing up anyway as the diameter of the drain is too small and needs a pump to drain quickly from this port. The bulk heads and many screws needed tightening. I spent about 5hrs fixing the leak and setting up the chiller with pumps and hoses. Its a great value, just problem solve the small issues that comes with it, its worth the savings iMo.
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October 8, 2018
Works well after re-assembling the factory mistakes...QC needed!
I’m giving it a 4 based on price and the fact that it is working well now......as stated in another review, the assembly workers need a motivational speaker. I plugged it in and it was incredibly loud, louder than my TRUE glass door commercial Volker that was on its last legs and rattled. After overcoming my disappointment and chastising myself for going for the cheapest option, I opened it up to see if there was an issue.
I first found that most of the noise was the condenser fan. And noticed an extra sheet screw holding the mounting bracket. The assembler stripped the threading in the housing and used an extra screw to try and secure it. Not good for vibrations and noise. It took a while to get the bad screw out as I had filled the unit and could barely access underneath. After removing and replacing with a new bolt and nut, I notice the motor itself was loosely attached to the mounting. Thankfully after all that it runs nice and quiet. If yours is noisy check the bolts. Other than that, it is nicely controlling my IPA and should work well.
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October 8, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Works well, but a few issues
I recently bought a Grainfather conical fermenter with basic cooling option (which I highly recommend), but quickly got tired of refilling a “chilly bin” with ice so I can hold my fermentation temperatures. I needed a glycol chiller. I narrowed it down to the Icemaster 100, SS Brewtech, Grainfather chiller, and Penguin 1/2HP chiller. The Grainfather chiller was not considered because #1, it wasn’t available in the US when I wanted it, and #2, it is a proprietary design that only works with Grainfather conicals (without hacks and mods). I chose the Icemaster because it was readily available in 2 days from MoreBeer, and it was the least expensive. The Penguin is built in the US, quieter, probably better quality, but was $100 more and took 2 weeks to ship.

First, the REAL specs for the Icemaster 100:
Dimensions: 16.38”W X 17”D X 28.5”H (with wheels installed)
Tank capacity: 8 gallons (overflows at 8.5 gallons)
Compressor: Donper L86BZ1 (China)
Made in China

The Icemaster basically has the compressor, expansion valve, condenser (mini radiator) and electric fan on the bottom with an insulated 8 gallon plastic tank above that has the evaporator coil and temperature sensor. It’s a pretty simple design. This configuration is different than the SS Bretech or Penguin chillers which have the tank and chiller side by side. I would prefer the lower profile of the side by side, but the price was lower for the Icemaster.

The Icemaster arrived in 2-3 days from MoreBeer with free shipping. It was packed well and arrived without damage. I ordered 2 gallons of propylene glycol. You will need 2 gallons to get the recommended 20% mixture. MoreBeer does really well with order/delivery. I unpacked the chiller and the only instructions were STC-1000 controller operating instructions in Chenglish. The controller is not intuitive (and only reads out in centigrade, not fahrenheit), so I will need to refer back to the instructions when I need to make adjustments. The only other instructions is a pdf file provided by MoreBeer under the “Documents” section of the Icemaster web page. 4 good quality urethane swivel casters (2 with brakes) came in a small box which you need to install yourself. This increases the height of the chiller about 1”, but are really needed to easily move the chiller with 8 gallons of glycol mixture in it. The chiller has peg legs that are height adjustable so it can be leveled if you choose not to install the wheels.

My chiller must have been assembled by a Chinese guy just before quitting time on Friday afternoon. There were several loose screws that weren’t threaded correctly. Not a big deal, but it took a bit to get things right. Expecting a 10 gallon tank, I poured 2 gallons of glycol in and then DI water. It reached the overflow at 8.5 gallons, so I siphoned some off to get to a manageable 8 gallons. There is a drain in the bottom of the glycol tank so you can easily drain the tank to change the glycol (recommended annually). Sounds like a good concept, but in the morning I woke up to find about a quart of glycol coolant on the floor. The leak was coming from the drain. It was hard to find, but either a poor quality quick disconnect fitting, brass end plug, or loose hose clamp. I tried to use the bottom drain to drain all the glycol back out but it drained very SLOWLY. I siphoned the glycol much quicker and pluged the drain permanently with epoxy. No more leaks for sure! Also, it’s a bit louder than expected. It’s not real loud, but you would not want this in your house. The sound would be very annoying. Mine has a knocking sound like an antique car motor.

I’ve been homebrewing beer for over 20 years, and my biggest problems are chilling the hot wort and maintaining steady, accurate fermentation temperatures. The glycol chiller and jacketed conical fermenter solves both really well. I brewed an IPA yesterday and was able to get the wort down to about 85F with my counterflow chiller. In under an hour in the fermenter the temperature was at the required 65F. The larger 8 gallon glycol tank really helps at crash cooling quickly.

Initially I had my chiller temp set at -2C, and the temperature in my fermenter was overshooting by about 5 degrees below setpoint. So I need to fiddle a bit with the chiller temperature to maintain a stable fermenter temperature (by adjusting the chiller temperature closer to the desired fermentation temperature). This would be the case with all glycol chillers.

Take a look at some related photos. In summary:

Likes:
Size of glycol tank helps in crash cooling quicker
Tank is insulated well
Wheels are needed
Price, availability

Dislikes:
Quality issues
STC-1000 controller not intuitive, not in fahrenheit
Noise
Upright configuration
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October 1, 2018
Response from MoreFlavor
Great review.
October 8, 2018
Zach R Staff
Smooth Set Up
So far cranked it down to 5 deg. C and it’s keeping my 14 gallon Chronical @ 68 deg. In a hot California garage.
September 23, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Works Flawlessly for My Set-Up
My review is actually for the G40 which I purchased from MoreBeer in May. I have 2 7-gallon SS Brewtech Chronicals (one BME). I've done everything I can think of with this unit with no issue. For reference, my garage is consistently in the 82-86F range in the summer. To date I've:

1. Cold Crashed a 5 gallon batch of Golden Ale stepping down 5F per hour until I was at 36F
2. Brought post-chill wort from 88F to 72 and fermented a batch of Grapefruit IPA
3. While fermenting the Grapefruit IPA at 68F, I brought post-chill wort down from 97F to 72 in roughly 4 minutes
4. Fermented a 5 gallon batch of IIPA along wiht the GF IPA
5. Cold crashed the GF IPA while fermenting the IIPA
6. Cold crashed the IIPA in 20 minutes from 67.6F to 36F

The G40 has some design deficiencies that the 100 addresses. The main issue has to do with the fact that there are no bulkhead connections. There is one small hole in the side and a seemingly smaller hole on the opposite end of the unit for output and return tubes. The size and location is very problematic; particularly if you want to wrap your tubes to eliminate condensation. (and you will definitely need to do that). What I found odd is that videos and photos of the Australian units I saw did not have this design.

The 100 looks like a much better design with the bulkheads (stainless compared to brass and/or plastic as other models have) installed in a way that eliminates the issues I am having.

All that said, I'm primarily concerned about the chilling capability and have the skills to retrofit my unit. The price is great and More Beer is great. Mine arrived in 2 days as promised.
August 29, 2018