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Old 04-22-2008, 09:07 PM   #1
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I am about to cross over to All Grain Brewing. Always wanting a new challenge, I decided to make my own wort chiller. I used 50 feet of 1/2" copper (holy crap! it's expensive!)

Please take a look at the picture to see if there are any improvements that I can make.

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Old 04-22-2008, 09:08 PM   #2
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Looks great to me... I would have probably gone with the 3/8" to save a little money, but 1/2" works a little better by having more contact area.

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Old 04-22-2008, 09:18 PM   #3
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awesome, at 50' and 1/2" it should be adequate for 10 gallon batches. my chiller is 25' of only 1/4" copper and I can chill 5.5 gallons to 70F in 10 minutes, of course incoming water temp plays an important part too.

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Old 04-22-2008, 09:31 PM   #4
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Looks great and should do a damn good job cooling the wort. I just changed mine so the garden hose will connect at the copper tube instead of the end of a short hose. I had a problem with the hose clamps leaking sometimes.

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Old 04-22-2008, 09:58 PM   #5
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Nice to know that I am ready for larger, 10 gallon batches.

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Old 04-22-2008, 11:53 PM   #6
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I'm at about 10 minutes with 25' of 1/4 inch in 5.5 gal -- is it safe to say I'm looking at 20 min. for 11 gal?

With the price of copper, I'd like to not have to upgrade, and I think 20 min would be OK - I will probably just stir more, as I've noticed that stirring makes a big difference.

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Looks good man, did you use Bobby_M's video as a guide?

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I brewed my first 10 gal batch this weekend, took about 10 mins to get to 70 with 50' of 1/2" tubing. If you don't stir, it's going to take longer, for sure. You can check out bobby_m's vid to see the chiller being created.

I can't imagine using 25' of anything for a 10 gal batch, especially 1/4".

coppertubingsales.com is THE source for reasonably priced tubing.

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I did use Bobby_m's Video as my template. It's almost fool proof!

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Old 04-23-2008, 02:57 AM   #10
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Was this type of plastic tubing recommended for use with an immersion chiller? The chiller gets hot while being sterilized in the boiling wort. My chiller is finished except for the plastic ends so I could use some advice on this issue.

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