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Old 09-13-2008, 01:58 AM   #1
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The outside coil is 25' of 1/4" refrigeration copper, the inner coil 20' of the same. The input fittings are a garden hose connector threaded to a 1/2" pipe nipple, going into a 1/2" pipe tee. Each end of the run of the tee has a 1/2" to 1/8" pipe reducer with a 1/8" pipe to 1/4" compression elbow.



My soldering isn't nearly as pretty as Bobby_M's, but the design is based on his.

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Old 09-13-2008, 02:06 AM   #2
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Nice work. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder....

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Old 09-13-2008, 03:09 AM   #3
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i plan on doing the same thing,

good job.

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Looks very familiar. Let us know how well it performs.

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And I was just thinking how I need to speed up the chilling process after waiting over half an hour to pitch tonight.

I like it. I'll have to make use of this time while my buckets are full and take a shot at something like that.

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Old 09-13-2008, 09:01 AM   #6
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ohhh so the thingee on the right is where the hose hooks up, and the hoses on the left are both hot water outputs! Very nice.

How much did this cost you in parts, if you remember?

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As long as it works.. Don't matter what it looks like and it don't look bad at all.

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Old 09-13-2008, 04:41 PM   #8
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ohhh so the thingee on the right is where the hose hooks up, and the hoses on the left are both hot water outputs! Very nice.
Yep. These pix should clear things up. I decided to hook it up indoors instead of shlepping out my outdoor hose. I picked up a 25' hose coil at my local hardware store. I figure this will also be great if I want to put a bucket of ice water in the sink. I can just drop the coil right in for instant pre-chiller.



Here's a closeup of the quick disconnect and tee fittings.



The nice thing is with the quick disconnect I can just pop the hose sprayer back on for cleaning pots and carboys.



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The 20' coil was $18. The rest of the copper was from my plumber brother, so I don't know what the parts cost.

The blue hose with sprayer was $18, the sink to hose adapter I think was $5, and the set of quick disconnects was $6.

Thanks for the kind words, all! I'm very pleased with the result and can't wait to brew with it. I tested it out when I just had the outside coil soldered up and the results were very encouraging.

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Used it today on a 2.5 gallon boil. Cooled down to 90F in less than 8 minutes. Not bad!

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What's the water temperature coming out of your faucet?

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