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Old 11-23-2008, 04:58 PM   #1
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Default Anyone Made a Homemade Wort Chiller?

I am thinking of making my own wort chiller. Has anyone tried this? It appears all they are made of is 1/2-inch copper tube rolled into a spiral and hose adapters sweated on the ends. I suppose the hardest part would be to spiral the copper without kinking it. Any pointers would be great.

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Old 11-23-2008, 05:03 PM   #2
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Ya, a bunch of people have done the. Check out the DIY subsection of Equipment/Sanitation

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Old 11-23-2008, 05:09 PM   #3
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Thanks, I will go look there for some information.

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Old 11-23-2008, 06:53 PM   #5
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actually its a lot easier to use a smaller diameter copper tube because:
a) its cheaper
b) it bends easier
c) you can use compression fittings if you like
d) the greater surface to volume ratio actually means faster cooling

the only downside is that you have to be a little more gentle with handling it on brew day.

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www.coppertubingsales.com

you can get a 100' coil of 3/8 copper for around 85$ish, depending on your shipping....
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My biggest issue was sharp bends. Now that it's done, it's not fragile. I used 3/8' tubing. Checkout DIY as posted above. Follow up if you have questions!

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you can get a 100' coil of 3/8 copper for around 85$ish, depending on your shipping....
Lowes. 25 ~ 20. 50 ~ 40? went with 25 for now myself.
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actually its a lot easier to use a smaller diameter copper tube . . . the only downside is that you have to be a little more gentle with handling it on brew day.
Beefed my 3/8" x 50' up with some copper wire braided around in three places.
The other benefit is that it spaces the coils for better cooling.



Works a bit better than the old one
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Who don't make their own?

At least I seem to find that a great many of us make our own vs buying one.

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