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Old 11-29-2013, 07:31 PM   #11
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I will be running water through mine. Plan to use a bilge pump for boats to transfer the water between coolers. Will buy a new pump for this. They run $10-$30 on average. The aerator versions are a bit more.
Oh, if and when I make a second chiller, you can be sure I'm going to run water through it... only it won't be salt water, it'll be regular tap water.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:50 PM   #12
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I will get the coolers on Monday. I will see if I can borrow a wort chiller from one of my brew club members. If it works well I will buy a chiller or build one.

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I will get the coolers on Monday. I will see if I can borrow a wort chiller from one of my brew club members. If it works well I will buy a chiller or build one.
Well, if you decide to build one, here's a thread you may find useful: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/what...tubing-442814/
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:58 PM   #14
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I do something very similar I use a water cooler with alot of ice and a copper coil as a pre-chiller. I do not use salt cause it will cause corrsion of the copper. I use a 70plate chiller for the wort.

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I do something very similar I use a water cooler with alot of ice and a copper coil as a pre-chiller. I do not use salt cause it will cause corrsion of the copper. I use a 70plate chiller for the wort.
How bad do you think the corrosion would be if you just immersed it in brackish water for 30 minutes or so and then rinsed it real well?
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Should be fine. Boat motors used in salt water last for years as long as they are flushed after every use. I know the chiller is not a motor. Also not sure how copper reacts to salt water.

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Should be fine. Boat motors used in salt water last for years as long as they are flushed after every use. I know the chiller is not a motor. Also not sure how copper reacts to salt water.

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Kinda what I figured. Besides, I don't think it's going to be THAT salty... and I may not really use salt water. Got to thinking that if I just freeze a block of water around my pre-chiller that oughta be sufficient.
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That sounds like a better idea. That way corrosion won't even be an issue.

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