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Old 02-14-2013, 02:17 AM   #1
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Default 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

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Old 02-14-2013, 02:39 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:19 AM   #3
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Chillers are quick and easy to make. A really good thing to DIY and a great afternoon project.

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:28 AM   #4
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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.

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:06 AM   #5
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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.

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Old 02-14-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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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

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Old 02-14-2013, 02:46 PM   #7
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Should I do 3/8 or 1/2".

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

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Old 02-15-2013, 12:22 AM   #9
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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

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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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