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SCBrewster 02-14-2013 02:17 AM

Homemade wort chiller
 
I have a free Saturday this weekend looking for a project. Was thinking about making a wort chiller. Anyone out there done it? Worth the time rather than buying

P.s. I am in love with this hobby because of the ingenuity and science that goes into it

HeadyKilowatt 02-14-2013 02:39 AM

It's absolutely worth it to build your own. You can make one for almost as little as half the cost of buying one, and it's easy to do. I've made two- a 25' for my old stovetop brewpot, and a 50' for the larger kettle I use now. Both took maybe a half-hour/45 minutes or so to build. Just make sure you use a proper tubing bender for your harder angles and take your time so you don't crimp or collapse your tubing.

alien 02-14-2013 06:19 AM

Chillers are quick and easy to make. A really good thing to DIY and a great afternoon project. :)

Brewcrew02 02-14-2013 06:28 AM

As soon as you make a chiller, you'll look up making a counter flow chiller and want on of those. I say spend another $10-15 and make the CFC. I'm so glad I made mine and wish I just went that way in the first place.

fishfoolz 02-14-2013 07:06 AM

I made one for about $100 with 1/2 inch tubing for my keggle and it will cool from boiling to 70 degrees in about 10 minutes if that, I think my last batch took 8 minutes. Well worth the minimal effort, and its fun. Check out YouTube.

SCBrewster 02-14-2013 12:48 PM

Yeah I think this is definitely going to happen this weekend. I've been wanting to brew again but I want to start doing full boils and I have been banned from using the stove anymore haha. I have a burner but need a propane tank but can't store one in my apt. And my LHBS is an hour and a half away! The struggles you go through for some good homebrew haha

SCBrewster 02-14-2013 02:46 PM

Should I do 3/8 or 1/2".

alien 02-14-2013 11:39 PM

Home Depot does 20' of 3/8" refrigeration tube, that's what I would go for personally.

SCBrewster 02-15-2013 12:22 AM

Yeah I think I am gonna do that. Looks like it runs about $25. I was debating if 1/2" x 20' would be worth it for $37 or if I should just stick with 3/8

fishfoolz 02-15-2013 04:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SCBrewster
Yeah I think I am gonna do that. Looks like it runs about $25. I was debating if 1/2" x 20' would be worth it for $37 or if I should just stick with 3/8

Wow, $37 for 20' ? That's great, I paid $70 for 20' at Home Depot up here. That was the most expensive part.


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