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Old 01-13-2014, 01:56 PM   #11
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I also used a barbed hose adapter. But for tubing, I used the silicon tubing as it makes a better seal.. I found myself making the clamps on the clear plastic so tight, it was denting the tubing. I also had a few leaks spraying water into my fresh boiled wort. Had to stop chilling and boil for 15 more minutes just to be safe. With the squishy silicon tubing I have had no problems at all.

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Old 01-13-2014, 03:10 PM   #12
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Yeah for now I'm attaching hoses to the ends, clamping them down and getting a hose/faucet adaptor. I'm gonna look and see what I need to get copper fittings into it instead.

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Old 01-13-2014, 03:13 PM   #13
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About 2 years ago I was going to make my own. I priced out the copper, tubing, fittings, clamps, etc. I then found a 50' chiller online for around $60. Since the price was almost identical, I bought premade. Not sure the cost of copper these days, but 2 years ago it was quite expensive.

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Old 01-13-2014, 06:54 PM   #14
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if your making it yourself, make a Counterflow chiller. I just used mine for the first time yesterday and wow. Boiling wort to 68 degrees in the amount of time it took the pot to drain by gravity. No more waiting for an immersion chiller to do its work or the need to throw frozen water bottles into the beer.

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Old 01-14-2014, 02:50 AM   #15
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To provide a valid comparison of utility between an IC and a CFC, you kinda need to include setup and cleaning times for both along with their operational speed.

If you can beat 10 minutes from start to finish with a CFC, you're good in my book, because that's how long it took this weekend to setup, cool a 5.5g batch, and clean my trusty IC...

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Old 01-14-2014, 03:21 AM   #16
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I have both, I have a store bought 3/8x25' chiller that I used for 5 gallon batches, I made a 1/2x50' for my 10 gallon batches that I made from a kit from Coppertubingsales, what I liked about making my own was I could make it how I wanted it, rigid uprights, rigid 90's and legs so it sits above my dip tube. What I made I couldn't buy anywhere. Here's a pic.

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