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Old 12-13-2007, 12:59 AM   #1
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Default Wort Chiller Blues: HD Only has 20 or 50 Feet 3/8" Copper

I was looking into making a wort chiller, but Home Depot only has 20 feet or 50 feet of 3/8" copper. Will I lose a lot of efficiency with just 20 feet on a full boil or should I buy a longer pre-made chiller? Yes I plan on doing full boils.

The total for parts was around $37 for the 20 feet design.

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Old 12-13-2007, 01:08 AM   #2
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I only had a 25' coil of 3/8" when I was using an immersion chiller and it worked fine. My CFC is also only 25' so I doubt losing that 5' will make much difference, at worst an extra couple minutes of cooling time.

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Old 12-13-2007, 01:16 AM   #3
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Is it 25' submerged? Or total length? I assume the latter. You have the distinct advantage of building it to fit you pot, so you can gain back so of the length that is lost to the pre-made ones since they may be taller to fit tall pots.

Also, you might try Lowe's or Ace. I really prefer Lowe's as they seem always seem to have what I am looking for that HD doesn't seem to have at the moment.

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Someone posted this link a few days ago, I'm going to get my copper here once I'm ready to make my chiller-
http://coppertubingsales.com/

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Old 12-13-2007, 01:29 AM   #5
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Someone posted this link a few days ago, I'm going to get my copper here once I'm ready to make my chiller-
http://coppertubingsales.com/
Yeah. I decided to get it through there. $42 dollars shipped for 50 feet. Looks like I will be building the super chiller.

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if you can afford it, go with 50' of 1/2". You WILL NOT be sorry.

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Old 12-13-2007, 02:47 AM   #7
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Provided shipping isn't outrageous, that site is a deal. I recently paid $75 for 60 feet of 1/2" at Menards.

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Provided shipping isn't outrageous, that site is a deal. I recently paid $75 for 60 feet of 1/2" at Menards.
That sucks. You could have saved 20 bucks.

$42 (including shipping) for 50 feet of 3/8"
$54 (including shipping) for 50 feet of 1/2"

I went with the 3/8". It was tempting to go with 1/2" but I already spent a enough this month on brewing stuff. Transistioning to All Grain is painful cost wise.
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if you can afford it, go with 50' of 1/2". You WILL NOT be sorry.
+1 on this, even if you don't use all 50 as your IC, you can use 30 feet to submerge and the other 20 to make a prechiller.
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wow, those are killer copper prices.....forwarding to SWMBO for x-mas ideas

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