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Old 06-29-2009, 04:52 PM   #1
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I've been searching and can't seem to quite find what I am looking for. I have a 25ft 3/8inch immersion chiller. I just have the hoses clamped on with oetiker and worm clamps, but for the life of me I can't get it to stop leaking where the "water in" hose connects. I've seen people using some kind of connections or fittings, but I have no idea what to get, and don't have any soldering equipment. I would be willing to pick up some soldering equipment if necessary, but if someone could point me in the right direction of what I need to get I would greatly appreciated it.

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Old 06-29-2009, 05:11 PM   #2
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Try double-clamping with a tight-fitting O-ring in between the two clamps. If possible, fit the O-ring between the copper and the hose.

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Old 06-29-2009, 05:16 PM   #3
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I would use a flaring tube tool set that has the double flare attachments, use only the double flare starting step. Using the double flare attachment only will make a bulb in the tubing preventing the hose from sliding off as well stop your leaking problem. I would only use Oeitker clamps as worm drive have a hard flat spot behind the worm drive that can cause the hose to bunch up causing a leak.

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Old 06-29-2009, 05:23 PM   #4
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I had all Oeitker clamps on originally, but on friday the entire hose came off and I had to use a worm clamp to get it back on. I have tried both separately and a combination and nothing seems to work.


I like the o-ring idea, I'm going to give that a shot first.

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It also helps to use undersized tubing to begin with, if you have 1/2" copper OD, I would use 7/16 or 3/8 ID hose. Heat the hose in very hot water to force it on the copper.

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Old 06-29-2009, 06:08 PM   #6
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I built mine using basically the parts in this thread, and have had no problems with it:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/simple-immersion-wort-chiller-33036/#post324615

Note - if you don't have a flaring tool, be sure the fittings you buy don't require one - some do and some don't.

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