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Old 03-16-2009, 03:29 AM   #1
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...a drill and a wine degasser is the HOT SETUP!!! Got my new 50' 1/2" IC workin today for the first time. I also picked up a wine degasser and used that to stir up the hot wort. Man... it took 5 gallons down to like 120° in like 2 minute. I think it was down to 64° in like 7 minutes. I checked the run off water at 5 gallons and it was over 140! HAHAH! Its definitely the hot setup...whirlpool the hell out of the wort and get max cooling.

Oh, and next time I build a chiller (probably never) I'm gonna run some hot water through the chiller and tighten down the clamps some more. I had the water out hose burst off and explode in my face. Apparently you gotta retighten the hoses hot or they dont hold.

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Old 03-16-2009, 03:52 AM   #3
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ok... in a few...

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Old 03-16-2009, 04:39 AM   #4
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50' coil... basically followed Bobby_M's youtube tutorial using the elbows and such. I have 3/8" hose, so I also added a reducer and a couple inches of 3/8 OD tubing to clamp down on. I tied the top, the bottom, and the middle of the vertical pipe with copper wire... its rock solid. Ignore the mediorce soldering... I had a ****in fit with one of the elbows and a tiny leak.



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Old 03-16-2009, 11:06 AM   #5
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The one thing that seems like it would suck on 50' coils is draining afterward, my 20' isnt' too bad but not fun.

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Old 03-16-2009, 11:20 AM   #6
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sirsloop, you worried about hot side aeration?

I always wait to start stirring my wort until under 150. It usually drops pretty fast with that big a differential anyway. Once it gets down to about 100, i start stirring vigorously to start the aeration (finish with o2 in the kettle).

One other thing I learned from Bobby_M was the soldered 5/8 brass hose/barb ends to connect to garden hose. F worm clamps, they always leaked for me.

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I used that same stirrer in my hot wort and it completely melted.... you had no issues?

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I was worried about melting too... another guy in our homebrew club does the same as well with no issues. Hot side aeration...yes... I go slow enough at first where its not cavitating and foaming up... after like a minute or so you can crank it without worry. I did bent the copper tubing out slightly at the end so hopefully between that and the clamp being tight as hell the hose should hold. I didn't have any problems with my last chiller and clamped on hose. The reason it leaked was I crimped the hose to toss it over the side of my deck. The pressure build up and popped the hose off. I collect the first 6 gallons or so for cleanup. It ended up exploding in my face...luckily it was just warm and the chiller was build with the hoses outside the pot.

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Oh, and next time I build a chiller (probably never) I'm gonna run some hot water through the chiller and tighten down the clamps some more. I had the water out hose burst off and explode in my face. Apparently you gotta retighten the hoses hot or they dont hold.
I recommend Oetiker clamps instead of the worm-type tubing clamps in your pic.
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Old 03-16-2009, 05:25 PM   #10
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The one thing that seems like it would suck on 50' coils is draining afterward, my 20' isnt' too bad but not fun.
I just hang the chiller upside down and it drains all by itself. Water will naturally flow to the lowest point
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