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Old 02-10-2007, 02:51 PM   #1
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Default 1/2" vs 3/8" Copper for Chiller

Using my limited math skills, I figure that using 1/2" copper for a wort chiller gives you about a 40% surface area increase. This has got to translate to quicker chilling.

Question: is it worth the extra cost to get the larger diameter copper? Anybody have any experience using both that they'd like to share?

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Let me put it this way. I have two chillers. One is 3/8"OD x 40 feet and the other is 1/2"OD x 25' and they cool about the same. Whirlpool'd the wort, 60dF tap through the coil, both took about 5 minutes to get under 90. By the way, I have a 1/2" x 25' chiller forsale for $39 plus shipping which is probably cheaper than any raw goods you'll find.



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beer4breakfast -

Don't ask me why I didn't find your original post when I searched - would have answered my question.

So 1/2" vs 3/8" question is answered. Now I'll just have to see if I can put one together for less than one would cost me at my LHBS.

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It's funny how one's opinion/views can change over time. I read the original post the beer4 posted and on that thread I suggested a double coil design. That was before i tried whirlpooling the wort prior to cooling. Man, it makes a serious difference. It cuts cooling time down by about 200%.



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