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JLem 03-19-2009 07:31 PM

home-built immersion wort chiller (with pics)
 
I know this has been done a billion times before, but I just wanted to share the newest addition to my brew set-up. I got all the parts at Lowe's for a grand total of $27.09 (excluding tax).

20' of 1/4" (ID) x 3/8" (OD) flexible copper tubing - $15.01
10' of vinyl tubing - $3.68
2 hose clamps - $0.97
faucet adapter - $7.43

I used an asparagus steamer to help coil the copper.

http://jimlemire.com/misc/chiller/supplies.jpg

http://jimlemire.com/misc/chiller/wrapped.jpg

http://jimlemire.com/misc/chiller/shaped.jpg

http://jimlemire.com/misc/chiller/complete.jpg

Yankeehillbrewer 03-19-2009 08:29 PM

Pretty cool, let us know how she works:mug:

Hophazard 03-19-2009 08:55 PM

Awesome. I think you just inspired me to stop by Lowes/HD before brewing tomorrow.

Hugh_Jass 03-19-2009 09:06 PM

Looks great.:mug:

Maybe consider bending the ends of the IC toward the outside. When the flexible tubing gets hot, it may kink and restrict water flow. Overall, nice clean job.:mug:

jldc 03-19-2009 10:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hugh_Jass (Post 1207626)
Looks great.:mug:

Maybe consider bending the ends of the IC toward the outside. When the flexible tubing gets hot, it may kink and restrict water flow. Overall, nice clean job.:mug:

Or melt. Don't ask me how I know this. I also think it's worthwhile to put two tubing clamps on each end of the IC.

Kuglehaus 03-19-2009 10:42 PM

+1 on melt... get that tubing 1 ft away from the pot and you can forget worrying about drip or melting...

JLem 03-19-2009 11:46 PM

hmmm....never considered melting...I'll see what I can do about that - thanks for the head's up. I'll go splurge for another set of clamps too. Can't wait to try this baby out!

Kuglehaus 03-20-2009 12:45 AM

by the way, you have one hell of a camera, those might be the nicest pics I've seen on the site.

JLem 03-20-2009 02:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kuglehaus (Post 1208066)
by the way, you have one hell of a camera, those might be the nicest pics I've seen on the site.

Thanks. Before I began brewing beer, photography was my favorite hobby :)

MikeG 03-20-2009 02:16 AM

Very nice, thank for posting. Definitely let us know how it turns out. :mug:


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