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BrewBuilt™ IceMaster 100 Glycol Chiller with Stainless Bulkheads
GLY353

BrewBuilt™ IceMaster 100 Glycol Chiller with Stainless Bulkheads

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Description

This item is currently out of stock but is available for pre-order. It is expected to be back in stock and ready to ship Spring 2020.

The IceMaster 100 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 BrewBuilt Chilling 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 BrewBuilt Chilling Pump Kit (GLY355). 

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 Coostix Complete Kit comes with a pump kit and controller.  
  • 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 a modest amount of insulation so you would obtain better results using Armaflex or a higher R rated insulation.  If only controlling fermentation temps the capacity would be higher.  Four BrewBuilt Chilling Pump Kit (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: 30L/8 Gal. Water Capacity
  • Compressor: 3/8 HP
  • Cooling Capacity: 950 Watt/3200btu/.26 tons
  • Refrigerant: r134a
  • Voltage: 110V (3.6 amps)
  • Dimensions: 410mm x 410mm x 660mm
  • Includes 10 stainless bulkheads with 3/8" OD barbs
  • 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.
 
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Item # GLY353
Weight 111 LBS
Community Q&A

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Why did you choose this?
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Price point
Chris H on Feb 6, 2020
Based on online reviews, including Homebrewfind.com.
Kent H on Dec 14, 2019
Price point
Chris H on Feb 6, 2020
Need to chill beer lines not several fermentors, good price
Matthew Z on Jan 27, 2020
Based on online reviews, including Homebrewfind.com.
Kent H on Dec 14, 2019
More capacity than the SS brewtech chiller at a cheaper price, plus good reviews.
Pete Goettner on Nov 20, 2019
liked the first one
Morrie P on Aug 28, 2019
size for a small chilling project
Morrie P on Aug 28, 2019
Support lagering during summertime
JOHN DUNLOP on Aug 28, 2019
Good value, entry level glycol chiller
Blake S on Aug 28, 2019
Because I’m tired of having to wait 24 hrs to pitch yeast for my lagers, as my current chiller and ground water won’t get it there.
Steve P on Aug 28, 2019
I want to control my 3 conical ferments and plan on writing a review on the item to hopefully get you to sell more.
Nathan C on Jul 19, 2019
Recommended by a friend
Tom on Jul 2, 2019
Best value glycol chiller on the market right now
Ryan Gibson on Jun 22, 2019
Price and good reviews.
jbsayers on Jun 21, 2019
Because it seems to work just like and with SS Brewtech equipment, only cheaper
Tony l p on Jun 13, 2019
been wanting one for a while
Tim M on May 7, 2019
It is compatible with my Grainfather fermenter
Christopher C on May 3, 2019
Husband wanted for birthday
Cori V on Apr 16, 2019
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
Need to chill beer lines not several fermentors, good price
Matthew Z on Jan 27, 2020
More capacity than the SS brewtech chiller at a cheaper price, plus good reviews.
Pete Goettner on Nov 20, 2019
On the Icemaster 100, there appears to be a 8 gal reservoir. What is the proper fill level? Based on the instructions a 20% glycol to 4 parts water is recommended. So is 5 gal the recommended fill? or does there need to be a higher volume? I am trying to determine if 1 gal of Glycol is sufficient to purchase with the unit.
James Allen on Nov 19, 2019
BrewBuilt™ IceMaster 100 Glycol Chiller with Stainless Bulkheads
BrewBuilt™ IceMaster 100 Glycol Chiller with Stainless Bulkheads
Propylene Glycol USP - One Gallon
Propylene Glycol USP - One Gallon
BEST ANSWER: The reservoir holds eight gallons. If you use two gallons of glycol and six gallons of water that will give you a 25/75 mix. That mix will put the freezing point at 12.5F which is low enough.
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
BEST ANSWER: It is not recommended to use a chiller for wort cooling according to the manufacturer. I think from personal experience you are going to have problems with thermal recovery especially if you are talking about the 100 model
How often should the water/glycol solution be changed out? Do you keep it in the unit when not in use? How do I know it's time to change it?
Richard Eidle on Jan 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I check the glycol / water mix using a brix meter, I run 33.3 / 66.6 mix. I have not yet experienced any loss of liquid from the chiller and it is maintaining it's cooling capacity. I am unable to link you to the chart because of site restrictions.
The Unit and exterior bulkhead are designed to accommodate for 5 sets of fermenters. But as a couple of commenters mentioned, there appears to be no way to get these 10 lines and 5 pump cords down to the glycol/pump (well, you might squeeze one set through the corner opening). Before I start drilling holes, is there a simpler answer that I am missing on this issue?
JOHN DUNLOP on Aug 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There is no need to drill holes. Just slide the three piece top so that there is an inch space between the second and third pieces of the lid (the space furthest from the SS ribs). The lines and cords can easily fit in that inch spacing. If need be, you can widen the space. I then use 1/2” or 3/4” rubber insulating hose that can be purchased at HomeDepot to fill in any extra space where no lines are plus I put it around the lines.
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.
What is the warrant period for the icemaster 100 glycol chiller?
Joe Ormand on Aug 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Joe, the warranty period is 1 year, covering against manufacturing defects.
My Icemaster has developed a leak at the drain plug. The leak is quite small. It is between the blue plastic insert and the first brass fitting. Does anyone have a fix for this that does not include boxing it back up and shipping......?
KRSanders on Jun 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi KRSanders - Please email us at info@moreflavor.com or give us a call to go over any sort of issues regarding the chiller.
Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
24 Reviews
5 Stars
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1 Star
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No leaks but noisy
Unit arrived without damage.
No leaks at all.
Only reason for knocking off a star is due to how noisy it can be.
I don't know if something is loose somewhere but it had an awful rattling noise when running. I found that just lightly pushing on the bottom plate (accessible since I used the wheels) and it stopped the rattling.
I placed a small block of wood I had under it and used a bit of extra glycol line insulation to squish underneath it eliminate the rattling which greatly reduced the noise.
Hopefully it's a temporary solution and I can find a way of stopping it from inside.
February 9, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Like it so far
Just powered up my unit today. Took a couple weeks to get all the parts necessary to connect to my Spike Brewing fermenter. There was one problem with screws missing from the internal lid to the chiller container. Actually found out that the threads through the sheet metal were stripped out. I had to get some screws with nuts to fix that problem but no big deal. I used the submersible pump from SB. Had some 3/8" hose for that hookup. Had to order the SS hose clamps (NORMA), Purchased some rubber pipe insulator tape from Lowes to tape over the opening on the inner lid to the tank. Still allows it to open. Punched two 1" holes in the fixed inner lid for my hoses to run through to pump and return feed. Got my Propylene Glycol and added to tank with distilled water.. Checked for leaks (no issues). Note that I did a modification to the drain tube. so that I could have an easy way to drain. I installed a 1/2" NPT ball valve to the brass coupling provided. Powered on to check function. Print off the instructions on this website as they are more clear to read. Unit is a little noisy. Might suggest some better damping to the internal fan to quiet down.

Note: It took a long time to get my shipment from FedX . Others complained about damage on receipt but this was packaged in a separate box with some Styrofoam and bubble wrap. Outer box was crunched a lot but inner box was intact & protected the unit.
January 26, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Great chiller
Works great after a few adjustments to the fan and overflow drain.
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December 25, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Great for the price, required fix
Box arrived fairly beat up via FedEx and the drain port wasn't protected enough so I had to do the common replacement of the drain line and plug. MoreBeer was helpful in solving the issue and sent free replacement parts, but kind of annoying to pay almost $800 for this and then have to do immediate repairs to it. The repairs took about 4 hours in total from investigation to installation to testing.

The unit itself chills great and a short test run worked perfectly. The design is a little weird in that the bulkheads get the tubing into the unit, but not into the reservoir. I used silicon tubing and ended up leaving one of the reservoir panels off to make room for them (the included "slot" wasn't large enough). Others have said this won't impact performance and it didn't seem to in my test.
December 2, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Disappointing Initial Quality
The initial quality and quality control is frankly appalling on a $800 product. Mine had 3 loose bolts rattling around the inside of it. Also, The fan was making a horrible rattling sound. I got it to stop by loosening the fan mount, and sliding the metal leg outward (its a slotted hole) and tightening it back down. That put enough extra tension on the mount so that it no longer rattles. It is now quiet.

Unlike other reviews, my chiller was packaged well and does not leak from the drain port.

The chiller does work well. Its just disappointing the initial impression is so bad. It also gives me a lack of confidence that it will last long term. Hopefully it will, but I am skeptical.
September 14, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
Not packed well, but works great
FedEx did not treat this package well, but the box was not really packed well either. When I received it, both ends of the box were open and the styrofoam on the bottom was destroyed on one corner. Fortunately all four feet were intact, and I swapped over to casters anyway. MoreBeer should do a better job of packing these to prevent shipping damage.

Did a leak test and 24 hour functional test with tap water with no leaks and seems to function perfectly. Looking forward to my first batch soon. Seems like they've worked out the bugs on some of the complaints that other reviewers have had.

My only complaint is that there aren't any bulkheads on the glycol chamber lids...only on the side of the unit, so gotta figure out how to get the intermediate hoses actually down to the pump while keeping the glycol chamber mostly sealed. Not a huge deal, but seems like a design oversight to me...
July 8, 2019
Purchased
8 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!
July 9, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Icemaster Chiller with Stainless bulkhead fittings
First one Leaked at drain could not fix it. Need to pack it better so Drain is Protected. It was replaced in a timely manner. Stainless bulkhead fittings are too Small, should have been 1/2". too much restriction thru fittings only 1/4" inside diameter.Most cooling coils use 1/2" diameter tubing and fittings. Inside cover needs to have openings for hoses and pump electric lines from pumps. Slot in corner can only fit 1 pump line and wire.Cools Great and maintains temperature good, hope it lasts.
July 6, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Almost 5 stars
Runs very quiet and packaging was excellent. Unit looks good and runs good.. I have a tiny leak at the drain plug. The leak is between the blue plastic insert and the first brass plug. Feet were intact. Casters went on easily. Basically all the crappy little items from early versions are corrected. I will update review after the drain plug fix.
June 8, 2019
New version is solid
The version I received is great- no leaks and easy to set up. Looks like morebeer May have resolved the pervious issues.
May 12, 2019
Purchased
11 months ago
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
1 year 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