Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Immersion Chiller

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-07-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
Lab_Rat
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 16
Default Immersion Chiller

So I am in the process of post holiday equipment buying. I am building a 10 gallon setup (15 gallon BK: 17.5" tall x 15" wide) but will probably be brewing 5 gallon batches in that pot as well. I will also be whirlpooling to both chill faster and remove trub. I am looking at 50ft x 1/2 O.D. immersion chillers to purchase.

My questions:
Will excess chiller (designed for 10 gallon batches) outside of wort be a contamination issue when used in a 5 gallon batch since it won't get sanitized by the boil? Would it be better to find as wide a IC as will fit rather than a tall one, thus reducing coil outside of the wort?

Since I am whirlpooling do I even need a chiller with the majority of the coils up high (i.e. Morebeer style)? Wouldn't this style (sized for 10 gallon batches) be even less effective in a 5 gallon setting?

Can anyone recommend a good commercial IC that fits my needs?

Thanks all!

__________________
Lab_Rat is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
itzkramer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 189
Liked 27 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I do 5g batches in a 15.5g kettle with a 75' chiller. I made the chiller as wide as I could, but it still comes 4" over the wort. I just splash some boiling wort on it with the mash paddle when it first goes in. Over the 15 minutes before flameout it gets plenty hot.

Making a chiller is too damn easy. I would just go pick up a 60' section of copper and save some money.

__________________

BEER:30 Brewing
Cleveland, OH

itzkramer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 05:01 PM   #3
ODI3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: LONDON, Ontario Canada
Posts: 201
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

My opinion is that while having coils outside the boil may not bet optimal, it is probably fine since copper is such a good conductor. The copper coils are going to be at boiling temp pretty quick. Also splashing sounds to be good assurance.
Splashing sounds like a good assurance.

I am sure its fine, I wouldnt sweat it.

__________________
ODI3 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-07-2013, 07:18 PM   #4
Lab_Rat
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 16
Default

Thanks for the advice on keeping the unsubmerged portion of the chiller sterile.

itzkramer: I have been thinking about doing that. I just found out about this site and they sell everything in one lump kit. 1/2 OD x 50ft IC kit

__________________
Lab_Rat is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-08-2013, 12:17 PM   #5
itzkramer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 189
Liked 27 Times on 9 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Just remember, you're gonna end up cutting some off for the whirl pool attachment.

You can either buy a 60' section, or Lowes sells straight tube in about 2' lengths. Maybe you can find a bigger one than 2'.

__________________

BEER:30 Brewing
Cleveland, OH

itzkramer is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-08-2013, 10:47 PM   #6
Bsquared
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Bsquared's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 1,809
Liked 55 Times on 51 Posts
Likes Given: 22

Default

Quote:
My questions:
Will excess chiller (designed for 10 gallon batches) outside of wort be a contamination issue when used in a 5 gallon batch since it won't get sanitized by the boil? Would it be better to find as wide a IC as will fit rather than a tall one, thus reducing coil outside of the wort?
The steam from the boil will do the same job as being submerged in the boil. Stainlessbrewing.com does a good job to make custom chillers and can probably make one to fit lower in you kettle. Stainless will work just as good as copper for a whirlpool immersion chiller and is easier to clean and maintain.
__________________
Bsquared is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pre-Chiller w/ Smaller Tube Diameter than Immersion Chiller? Apulver Equipment/Sanitation 2 12-22-2011 01:56 PM
Counter flow chiller vs. immersion chiller?? BigJim_inFLA Equipment/Sanitation 3 09-17-2011 09:33 AM
50ft immersion chiller or 30plate wort chiller? molsonG Equipment/Sanitation 66 03-31-2011 01:36 AM
Counterflow Wort Chiller vs. Immersion Chiller DrunkenJamaal HomeBrewTalk Announcements & Feedback 2 02-08-2010 07:11 AM
Immersion Chiller Vs Plate/Counterflow Chiller fastricky General Techniques 2 12-20-2009 02:31 PM