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Old 01-27-2009, 12:33 AM   #1
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Default 50 ft of copper, what to do?

So i just won my ebay auction for a 50ft roll of 3/8 ID soft copper (winning bid: $18.25, SWEET!). I am planning on building an immersion chiller, and had a question.

Would it be more efficient if:
1. I used the full 50 feet for the chiller
2. I used say 25 feet for the chiller and made a prechiller with the other 25 feet?

I currently only do 5 gallon batches, and don't anticipate ever doing 10. I like to brew too often and too many different styles, so i like to keep the batch size down. I have a 34qt brewpot that is about 13 in. high x 16 in. deep. I'm curios to know what would be more efficient. I also brew indoors so my water is coming from the faucet, so the water isn't as cold as it would be if i could hook it up to an outdoor hose (i live in an apartment). What say ye wise DIY'ers?

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Old 01-27-2009, 12:40 AM   #2
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I'm sure you might get answers both ways on this, but I think the single immersion chiller works very well. Build a single chiller and build a pre-chiller later if you think you need it...

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You could make a 25ft chiller and send the other 25ft to me for $15 then you would have an almost free chiller.

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I would use it all on a single chiller, then your good to go for 10 gallon batches. It's easy to do an ice bath and pond pump later if necessary.

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I'll trade you my already made 25 ft IC for the 50 ft of copper straight up.

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make two.. and sell one and net a profit... then laugh all the way to the bank....

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I would use it all on a single chiller, then your good to go for 10 gallon batches. It's easy to do an ice bath and pond pump later if necessary.
+1 This leaves you open for the option later.
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I would use it all on a single chiller, then your good to go for 10 gallon batches. It's easy to do an ice bath and pond pump later if necessary.
If i choose to go this route later, what kind of flow rate would i need for the pump?

I'm assuming i'd be looking for something like these?
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Make two 25' counterflow chillers and sell one to cover all the costs...

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I was bidding on the same roll of copper but couldn't go over $20.00 with shipping it would be cheaper to get it at Lowes. I'm planning on building a 50ft CFC.

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