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half_whit 02-02-2013 08:44 PM

WHY do people spend so much money on these?
 
Ok, I just need to gush a little bit. Finally built myself a wort chiller and when I got all excited and showed it to the lady, all I got was the obligatory "that's wonderful, love."

Seriously though, 5 minutes of assembly and 25 bucks worth of copper and hose from Lowes. I'm sure it's not the best wort chiller in the world but....dude! Still better than ice baths or dropping 80 bucks at the homebrew shop. If anyone has been "thinking" about making one of these but hasn't gotten around to it, STOP BEING LAZY! I can't freakin wait to use this thing

EO74 02-02-2013 09:21 PM

Nice ...this was one of my first diy's years ago . I do hvac so mine was built pretty much for free;) its a must have on full wort boils!

tonybrewer 02-02-2013 09:31 PM

I did the exact same thing. It's such a simple thing to make idk why people pay 50 to 100 bucks for someone to put the band clamps on the tubing for them lol

Cygnus_X1 02-02-2013 09:36 PM

How long does the chill take?
Mine is maybe 10 minutes tops from steep to yeast.
Using a sink for an ice bath for the wort pot, then pour the wort over chilled water, and then put the bucket into the ice bath.
Don't know what the start temp was but it must have been over 130 degrees.
Down to 75 in 10 minutes seems fine to me.

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chumpsteak 02-02-2013 09:39 PM

If you ever go full boil or all grain you'll want one.

aiptasia 02-02-2013 09:40 PM

They aren't better than ice baths, they're faster. And ice is free. :)

NivekD 02-02-2013 09:44 PM

Built mine a while back...best DIY thing I've done...cheap and easy. Boiling to 70* in about 15 min.

LibertyBrewing 02-02-2013 09:46 PM

I made one of these too, but I added a $20 fountain pump and do a combined ice bath while recirculating the ice water through the chiller.

NivekD 02-02-2013 09:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LibertyBrewing (Post 4857578)
I made one of these too, but I added a $20 fountain pump and do a combined ice bath while recirculating the ice water through the chiller.

Me too...but my pump was cheaper...:D

http://www.harborfreight.com/264-gph-submersible-fountain-pump-68395.html

Cygnus_X1 02-02-2013 09:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chumpsteak (Post 4857553)
If you ever go full boil or all grain you'll want one.

True, that makes sense.
Am I OK on my chill time of 10 to 20 minutes?

:mug:


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