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Icemaster 100 Glycol Chiller with Stainless Bulkheads
GLY351

Icemaster 100 Glycol Chiller with Stainless Bulkheads

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Description

The Icemaster 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. For each vessel you want to cool you will need to buy one of our Glycol Pump Kits (GLY355).  Each Glycol Pump Kit includes a submersible pump that is placed in the cool bath of the Icemaster 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 the liquid in your vessel to the desired set temperature. 

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:

  • Speidel - Speidel tanks with optional cooling jackets. You will need one Glycol Pump Kit for each tank.   
  • Barrels - If you use our barrel snake. This can be particularly attractive for a white wine ferment in a barrel. You will need one Glycol Pump Kit for each fermenter.

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. The maximum number of tanks that can be cooled with the Icemaster is four.  

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 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: 30L/8 Gal. Water Capacity
  • Compressor: 3/8 HP
  • Cooling Capacity: 950 Watt/3200btu
  • Refrigerant: r134a
  • Voltage: 110V
  • Dimensions: 410mm x 410mm x 660mm
  • Includes 10 stainless bulkheads with 3/8" OD Barbs
  • Wheels included

 

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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
I run 5 conicals and i live in a hot area so i need to keep them chily!!!!!
Stetsen M on Feb 7, 2019
great price
Anne A on Dec 4, 2018
I run 5 conicals and i live in a hot area so i need to keep them chily!!!!!
Stetsen M on Feb 7, 2019
Well priced compared to competitive units.
Kenneth R on Jan 23, 2019
great price
Anne A on Dec 4, 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
Well priced compared to competitive units.
Kenneth R on Jan 23, 2019
Compared it to the SSBrewtech 3/8HP and this looks like a great value
Michael S on Sep 26, 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

3.8 / 5.0
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Great Value
I have now brewed 4 different 5 gallon batches of beer. The chiller works great. I set for -5C (because the control only does celsius) and it chills my beer down to 35F.

Like others have said it is a bit noisy. But all I had to do is tighten down the screws for the condenser fan mount and it is nice and quiet for being a piece of refrigeration equipment. It runs no louder then my kegerator.

I removed the insulation to be ready for the leak that others have warned of on the drain. No leak out mine. The hose clamp is a worm gear style so maybe they have improved upon the design.

You won't find a better chiller for this price. You may as I stated above have to do a little yourself but it is worth it. So if your not a DIY person be warned. But who homebrews that isn't a DYIer?
February 13, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
February 14, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Works great it’s quieter than my humidifier but it does leave condensation puddles but chills real fast.
Works great not that loud in fact it’s Quieter than my humidifier. It does create condensation
Works great not that loud in fact it’s Quieter than my humidifier. It does create condensation
February 12, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
So far, so good
I was a bit hesitant to order this after reading some of the earlier reviews, but I decided to pull the trigger...and glad I did. There was evidence it had been dropped during shipping, and one of the fixed feet had been broken off when I unpacked it. That's not a problem if attaching the casters, as I did. I went through the whole unit and found no missing or loose hardware. I filled it with water to test it, no leaks, chilled well, and it's quiet. I used the drain port to empty it. I found it drained quite adequately. I don't know if the design was changed because of earlier complaints about it draining too slowly, but it was fine. I'm now using it with the Grainfather Conical and their cooling pump to ferment a dark lager. It's working great, doesn't cycle very often (it's indoors), and sure beats using the Igloo and changing ice all the time!
January 29, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
January 30, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Icemaster 100 First Impressions
Great little unit!. Arrived with 3 of the 4 stationary feet snapped off, but I was always going to use the wheels anyway, so it wasn't and issue. It maintains temperature well, I keep it at 0?C and it is quite than the DYI I had previously. Crashed the 7 gal Fermenter in about 2 hours from 70? - 34?F. Didn't have some of the other issues the other reviews have mentioned. Very pleased
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January 25, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
January 28, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Icemaster Chiller
I would have given it a 5 but filled it up and within a day it was leaking from the drain port hose. I had to tear it apart and add silicone and an oetiker clamp to stop the leaking. Does run quiet and cold crashes from 60 to 38 in about 2 ½ hours. Great addition to the brewery.
December 2, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
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
My fix to the drain issue
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
5 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago