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Old 03-09-2012, 12:45 AM   #21
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How about adding a connection below the sink? Most faucets are connected with flexible lines (braided or plastic). Close the isolation valve, attach Tee and second valve and adapter, re-attach flexible line.

Just an idea.

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Old 03-09-2012, 01:41 AM   #22
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What about replacing a tap with a threaded one and replace the original when you move? Landlord wouldn't even know. And you have a tap to take with you.

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Old 03-09-2012, 02:07 AM   #23
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Cool your wort in the tub and that way it doesn't make a mess because the water goes right down the drain

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Old 03-09-2012, 02:21 AM   #24
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I'm in the same boat, I have faucets that wont accept any type of screw on adapter.

It's not very efficient, but here's what I do as a work around. I put an old bottling bucket on my kitchen counter and fill it with ice water. I slide the chiller tubing onto the bottling bucket's spigot and put the kettle on the floor. I use another pot on the floor to collect the waste water. Gravity feeds the ice water through the chiller, though its much slower than running a faucet.

As I said, it's not very efficient, but it was the best idea I could come up with and it's quicker (I'd guess maybe 30 - 40 minutes) than an ice bath. It seems to chill pretty quickly at first, but slows as the wort temp gets below 100 or so.

Id love to hear other ideas too, as rapidly chilling is the one part of my process that i feel is really inadequate.

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Old 03-09-2012, 02:33 AM   #25
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not necessarily true. newer kitchen faucets with pullout combination spray heads won't work. bathroom faucet are more likely to work but can also have integrated heads
If it is a pull out combination, then the flexible hose should screw onto the handle. Adapt the cooling line to that.

This connection should be hand tightened with a gasket, so it is an easy changeout with no tools. As a bonus, these are usually a lot easier to get off than the aerator.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:33 PM   #26
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I cannot not connect a wort chiller to my kitchen or bathroom sink either, so the few times I brew inside (in the winter), I have to run a 100+ foot hose from the faucet on side of the house around the house and in the kitchen window, then a second hose to the sink or back outside. Would be easier to just carry the brewpot outside, but carrying 6+ gallons of sloshing hot liquid is not my cup of tea.

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If it is a pull out combination, then the flexible hose should screw onto the handle. Adapt the cooling line to that.

This connection should be hand tightened with a gasket, so it is an easy changeout with no tools. As a bonus, these are usually a lot easier to get off than the aerator.
i'm interested to hear more about this. my kitchen sink faucet (brand spankin new) has a pull out sprayer combination. like you mentioned, the hose easily unscrews from the spray head. the fitting at the end of the hose is unlike anything i've seen before. the end of it is platic, with a ring gasket seated inside a cutout. it looks similar to a quick disconnect, but is threaded. further internet research leads me to believe this is a custom fitting used by the faucet manufacturer, Delta.

Not trying to hijack the thread, but perhaps the OP has a similar setup? I will start a new thread and link this over.
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i'm interested to hear more about this. my kitchen sink faucet (brand spankin new) has a pull out sprayer combination. like you mentioned, the hose easily unscrews from the spray head. the fitting at the end of the hose is unlike anything i've seen before. the end of it is platic, with a ring gasket seated inside a cutout. it looks similar to a quick disconnect, but is threaded. further internet research leads me to believe this is a custom fitting used by the faucet manufacturer, Delta.

Not trying to hijack the thread, but perhaps the OP has a similar setup? I will start a new thread and link this over.
DO NOT TRY TO FORCE ANTYING TO WORK WITH THE THREADS. A proprietary fitting isn't a deal breaker since this isn't a high pressure connection. Buy 2 hose clamps and 3" of tubing that you can fit over the outside of the sink line and get creative adapting down to the size of your chiller line.

*If you do this, I caution you to somehow secure the faucet line so that your frankenfitting is always visible in the sink and covered with something like an upside down tupperware so that it if fails spectacularly the only mess is in the sink. Also watch out for the sink line trying to pull itself back under the sink.

I actually just looked at my sink (newish house where I haven't brewed yet), and I will have the exact same problem. I will try it out this weekend and I'll report back with what I find.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:08 AM   #29
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I second filling the tub with cold water at first to get it down to 120º or so. Then fill it up again with cold water and add ice to get it down to your desired pitching temp. Works for me in my apartment.

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I second filling the tub with cold water at first to get it down to 120º or so. Then fill it up again with cold water and add ice to get it down to your desired pitching temp. Works for me in my apartment.
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