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Old 03-24-2008, 02:10 AM   #11
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I've seen some Stainless steel Chillers... they are alittle cheaper...is that a good alternative?

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Old 03-24-2008, 02:17 AM   #12
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Rolling the copper around a large coffee tin or corny keg makes a nice circle.

In the meantime, take some 2L pop bottles, remove labels and fill with water. Freeze them then sanitize them on brew day, add to wort. Same idea as the freeze stick thing.

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Old 03-24-2008, 02:20 AM   #13
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I ordered my copper from this company, coppertubingsales.com , it seems to be a lot cheaper than most, My roommate wanted a wort chiller as well, so we split the cost, it ended up being $43 including shipping for 50 feet of copper tubing, so 21.50 for each chiller. I have already made the chiller, and am just waiting now on some ingredients to try it out. It's the cheapest way I've found.

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Old 03-24-2008, 02:22 AM   #14
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won't the heat melt the plastic of a pop bottle?

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Copper makes a better heat exchanger with more rapid heat transfer. SS is nice for many things and will last long enough for your grand kids to use, but I still prefer copper.

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Old 03-24-2008, 11:25 PM   #16
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won't the heat melt the plastic of a pop bottle?

No.

First off PET doesn't melt anywhere near that low a temp and second the ice will cool the plastic anyway.

Have you ever seen someone boil water in a plastic bag over a fire? I have.
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:49 AM   #17
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If you have the freezer space you could try one of these: http://www.hospitalitysupplyonline.c...e0395b2def55fe

Great little things I don't have space for it but it can be sanitzed and reused over and over. If you have two I am sure you could cool wort down He((a fast!!!

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I have been wondering about one of those vs. a chiller. My wife said that is what they always used when she was a chef and they needed to fast cool something.
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I was at Menards last night and they had an icemaker kit that was basically a 25 ft coil of 1/4" copper. It wouldn't be as quick as 1/2" copper, but it is already coiled so all you would have to do is pull it apart a bit and add some poly tubing on the ends. It was $12.

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IMO the 1/4 inch would be too small to be efficient.

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Actually, it should be more efficient.

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