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Old 01-14-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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Default Yet another homemade wort chiller

Since I decided to get a turkey fryer and do full boils I needed a wort chiller too, so being cheap I made one. Just your basic run of the mill chiller, I did use a ridgid riser tube and used stainless steel safety wire to lash the coils to the riser to make it a little less floppy. The other nice thing about using the rigid riser is I was also able to spread the coils out a bit more and it looks like it should have pretty good coverage. In all I burned about $45 from my bank account.









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Old 01-14-2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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Looks good. 1/2" tubing? What's the length?

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Old 01-14-2012, 10:44 PM   #3
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Looks money. Not too bad for 45 bucks.

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Old 01-14-2012, 11:41 PM   #4
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3/8" ID the rigid copper tubing is 1/2" I am going to take a Scotchbrite pad to the solder joints and do a vinegar/water soak on it before I use it. I should be getting a couple more beer kits this next week so next Saturday if I have time I will have to give this beast a try.

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Old 01-15-2012, 04:56 AM   #5
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What did you use for the wire ties? And why not just solder the coils to the riser instead?

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Old 01-15-2012, 01:19 PM   #6
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The wire ties are stainless steel safety/lock wire. I thought about soldering it all but since my torch is so hot and has such a big flame it makes it difficult to do such things and I couldn't remember where my pencil torch was. That and the wire is quick, easy and we have a bunch of it.

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:15 PM   #7
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I like this concept, how'd it end up working for you? Thinking about doing something similar today, and am wondering about the wire lashings, did you stick with those or do something different? Seems like hop gunk would get stuck in there and it'd be tough to clean. If you're still reading this thread, can you update on what worked and any changes you've made?

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I haven't made any changes to it actually, it works well. As for cleaning I just hose it down when I'm cleaning the boil pot and take a scrub brush when I am rinsing it off to use again. All in all I like it.

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Nice, thanks for the update and glad it's working! I went ahead and built a similar chiller on Saturday, think I'll add the lashings since they aren't not causing you any trouble. I also added a wooden support to keep mine upright in the kettle (support rests on the edge of kettle).

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