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BrewBuilt™ IceMaster Max 4 Glycol Chiller
GLY354

BrewBuilt™ IceMaster Max 4 Glycol Chiller

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Description

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 to you when we receive more in late Summer 2020.

 

The IceMaster Max 4 is designed to cool fermentations in small vessels or barrels. It can be used with any vessel/fermenter/tank/barrel that has a glycol jacket or submersed cooling snake/coil/rod. This chiller features 4 built-in submersible pumps with independent digital temperature controllers, allowing you to control the temperature of 4 separate fermentation or storage vessels at once. Each 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 the liquid in your vessel to the desired set temperature. 

Compatibility
The Max 4 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:

  • Speidel - Speidel tanks with optional cooling jackets.   
  • Barrels - If you use our barrel snake. This can be particularly attractive for a white wine ferment in a barrel.

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, how the tank is insulated, and what the ambient temperature is. Cold stabilizing always requires the most energy and requires well insulated tanks. We are currently experimenting with capacities but can provide this rough guide to get you started.  

1 - 60 Gallon Tank or Barrel
2 - 15-30 Gallon Tanks
4 - 5 to 15 Gallon Tanks

Set Up
In order to hook up the IceMaster to your fermenter or tank's cooling system, you will need 2 lengths of tubing. 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:

  • 4 built-in submersible pumps with independent digital controllers
  • Pump controllers reads in °F or °C
  • Temperature controller reads in °C
  • Labeled IN and OUT stainless bulkheads with 3/8" OD barbs
  • Tank Capacity: 30L/8 Gal. Water Capacity
  • Compressor: 3/8 HP
  • Cooling Capacity: 950 Watt/3200btu
  • Refrigerant: r134a
  • Voltage: 110V (3.6 amps)
  • Dimensions: 16.1" x 16.1" x 26"
  • Wheels included

 

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 # GLY354
Weight 111 LBS
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Why did you choose this?
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Ryan J F on Jul 15, 2020
Value
Curtis M on May 7, 2020
Product video
Ryan J F on Jul 15, 2020
Straight Chillin'
craig on Jun 11, 2020
Value
Curtis M on May 7, 2020
Value and simplicity; pumps and temp probes includes with a good capacity reservoir and power.
Tyrell E on Apr 11, 2020
It has a great price point and comes with pumps and probes.
James P. Coleman, II on Apr 4, 2020
reviews
raymond v on Feb 28, 2020
The previous model of Ice master works really well, it's better with built in temperature controllers
Heinz Georg Hiller C on Feb 12, 2020
Straight Chillin'
craig on Jun 11, 2020
Value and simplicity; pumps and temp probes includes with a good capacity reservoir and power.
Tyrell E on Apr 11, 2020
What additional items are needed to control
the temperature on the Grainfather conical?
Steve Gawlinski on Mar 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You will need to get a stopper with a thermowell and a airlock hole.
It says in manual that all four temp probes have to be connected or you get error.what if I will use it only for two fermenters?
Jonas Kristensson on Jun 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You will have to plug in all the temp probes. Turn off the ones u don’t need. I only use 2 at a time. At least you got a manual with yours!!!
Does the controllers have an option to add a heater to them as well so the same controller can heat and cool?
Jonas Kristensson on Jun 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jonas - unfortunately the controllers do not have a second input to control a heating element.
Reviews

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Best addition to my brewery in years.
This is a great unit. It seems to be well built, it runs quietly and is easy to operate with a little practice. What drew me to it over the other models is the integrated pumps. However, unless something has changed since my purchase, the instructions that come with it are inadequate to say the least. I recommend downloading or printing the PDF manual from the More Beer website and reading it thoroughly before playing with your new toy. That being said, these instructions are lacking as well. Neither mention putting the drain plug in before filling the bath, a rather important step, and there are a few other recommendations I would make that you won’t find in the manual. First, before you fill the bath or plug it in, cut four short pieces of silicone or vinyl tubing and connect each pump outlet and inlet together. This will prevent you from blowing glycol all over the floor if one of the pumps accidentally kicks on. Second, change the set temperature set point of all four pumps to at least ten degrees above the highest ambient temp of your brewery when not in use. Again, to prevent the pumps from inadvertently coming on. The third point pertains to the glycol/water ratio. The instructions recommend a 20% glycol solution, but say nothing about the bath temperature. The 20% solution will probably be fine if you’re not going to run your bath temp. below 32 degrees. I did some online research prior to my purchase and learned that most breweries run their bath temps at 27-28 degrees f and recommend the glycol solution freeze point be 20-25 degrees lower. ie, 27f bath set point, 2f-7f glycol solution freeze point. This translates to a 33%-35% glycol ratio. The reason for this is that when the unit is under load, say during a cold crash, the compressor runs constantly and the coils drop well below 0 deg. f which causes them to become encased in ice which lowers efficiency. As a test, I did a trial run with 23 gal. of sanitizing solution. (27 gal. Blichmann fermenter in an insulated box). I started with a 25% glycol ratio with a 27f bath. I dropped the solution to 68f and held it for 24 hours, then cold crashed to 45f and held another 24 hours. After the first 24 hours there was about 1” of ice around the coils and after the 24 hour crash, that had more than doubled. So I warmed the bath to melt the ice, drained off one gallon of the 25% solution and added a gallon of glycol to raise the ratio to about 35%. The next weekend, I brewed and fermented my first batch. There was no icing during the 5 day fermentation. Immediately after the 2.25 hour drop from 68f to 45f, there was .25”-.5” of ice on the coils, but this melted within 8 hours of the temperature leveling off, and there was no further icing during the 5 day cc. The test cold crash from 68 deg. to 45 deg. took 2 hours 50 minutes and the beer took 2 hours 15 minutes, which speaks to the efficiency of the proper glycol ratio. I’ve had the Blichmann conical since they first came out, and bought a More Beer heated & cooled about 7 years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I love my More Beer conical, but it takes a long time to cool. With the addition of the cooling coils to the Blichmann, the Brewbuilt cut my cold crash time by 80%-85%, and, in the hottest summer months, I usually can’t get the More Beer below 48 deg. The glycol chiller held it at 45 deg. no problem. You will need to insulate your fermenter as well as possible or keep it in an insulated container of some sort.

If you have the ability to add coils or rods to your fermenter and you have the money, I would highly recommend this chiller, just do your homework first. Bottom line, this is the best addition to my brewery in years.

Cheers
Heat exchanger w/fans connected to glycol chiller
Heat exchanger w/fans
Blichmann 27 gallon fermenter
July 27, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Very nice product, pumps and controllers included so definitely saves some money.
Aside from very minimal documentation it’s working great!! Took a shower in glycol because all the pumps came on when I first fired it up. Cheers!
July 3, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Instructions could use some updating. Had a difficult time setting temps but once you figure it out not bad. Overall a good product
July 1, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Lack of instructions, but solid product
So I wanted to move away from the space of the garage fridge in my home in Arizona, so I decided on this unit for the price because it came with the pumps and probes.

I modified my two SS Brewbuckets by adding the temp twister cooling coil and using full-size keg insulating jackets to cover them. Coils are connected with quick connects with flow stoppers. I plan to do a 3rd fermenter set up.

The 4th line i use to chill water for wort chiller. Same quick connect lines into an old 3/8 in SS wort chiller into a 6-gallon insulated bucket. At the beginning of brew day, I set that up and make it as cold as I can. When it is time to chill, the water can be the mid 30s and use another pump to re-circulate the water to chill beer. The system has had the capacity to manage the heat exchange so I can minimize water waste and stay in the garage while brewing.

Is this thing an investment, yes. I think in the long run, it will be worth it in the increased capacity to have 3 fermenters going to decrease the water waste from chilling beer as the footprint is small.
Set up going to brewtech buckets covered by the Keg insulator jackets to help control temp.
Chiller in the insulated cooler to pre-chill water for wort.
June 19, 2020
Not sure yet
Arrived slightly damaged. Wiring is poor. Had to solder two wires on controllers already
June 10, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Happy but instructions lacking a critical detail
Seems to be cooling well and good value.

Caution however. The instructions are very abbreviated and Step 2 is to locate and fill the glycol/water reservoir. It would have been helpful to remind you to put the cap on the glycol drain tube at the back of the unit, and how to attach.

After cleaning up a gallon of glycol from my garage floor, I ordered two more gallons and now think I am ok although I am only hoping I put the plug on properly. No instructions for that.
May 28, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
It does do what it says.
Very limited instructions. Impossible to find more info on internet even through manufacturer’s website. It does make glycol/water mix cold and it does circulate, so I guess it works... for same cost could have bought Blichman and I kinda got buyer’s remorse.
April 25, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
We apologize for the bad experience you've had with the glycol chiller. This is a new product and we appreciate your honest feedback so we can help you and all our other customers to get what you need. We are dedicated to providing the best support and products that we can. We are happy to work with you to find a solution to the issue, be it a replacement, refund, or exchange. If you haven't been in contact with our CS team yet please give us a call at 1-800-600-0033 or email in to info@moreflavor.com. We are always here to help. Cheers!
May 29, 2020
Malcolm MB
Works Great!
I picked this unit because of the internal temperature controls and integrated pumps. (saves you $240-400 over other similar units) MoreBeers support was great I had a few questions about the unit and even during the Coronavirus lock down when all their people where working from home, they went out of their way to answer my question and finding the answers to my questions.

The unit is well built and looks great!

Make sure you download the online instructions as the ones in the box aren't that great.
April 4, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago