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Default Connecting Silicone Hoses to Immersion Chiller, Other Than Clamping

Just ordered Stainless Brewing's 1/2" x 50' stainless steel IC. From their description:

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These immersion chillers are made up of 50ft 1/2"OD x .035 304/304L stainless steel tubing to a 10" diameter at an average height of 24". These are currently sold as the tubing itself with no additional hoses or fittings. Brass garden hose adapters are available for an additional cost.
I wanted a ready-to-use solution, but I bought this one because it was the only 1/2" x 50' model I could find. So now, I have a big coil of stainless on the way with no fittings, along with 10' of 1/2" silicone tubing.

Connecting the silicone to the garden hose it easy, but connecting the silicone to the IC coil is throwing me for a loop.

My gut instinct was to just clamp, but that seems like it would crush the tubing ends. Is there a better way that doesn't involve soldering/welding?
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Why would you think you would crush the ends? You're dealing with stainless and you're only applying enough pressure to keep the silicone hose from flying off.

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You need a pair of compression adapters, picked up a set of 1/2" compression to garden hose for my immersion chiller. No leaks to worry about..

You can find these at plumbing supply stores.

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Use camlock fittings. Super easy to clean afterwards.

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Why would you think you would crush the ends? You're dealing with stainless and you're only applying enough pressure to keep the silicone hose from flying off.
Iunno. Just know I don't want it up for the price.

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You need a pair of compression adapters, picked up a set of 1/2" compression to garden hose for my immersion chiller. No leaks to worry about..

You can find these at plumbing supply stores.
Definitely want to use the tubing before the garden hose connections. Is there some other compression fitting that would work with the tubing, maybe compression-to-barb?
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You can just clamp it with either a worm clamp or Oetiker clamp of the correct size. Just do some dry runs to ensure the connections don't leak before you use it for a brew.

You could, also, try a 1/2" compression to NPT adapter and then adapt that to hose threaded fittings. I would get a delrin ferrule from Bargain Fittings, or use a pair of silicone o-rings under the compression nut (on the chiller). FAR easier than trying to get stainless ferrules to seat properly/fully IME. You might even be able to get the hose fitting adapter from Bargain fittings (call/email them)...

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Use camlock fittings. Super easy to clean afterwards.
I'm not sure I understand.

Can you give a little more info how I'd use them to connect silicone tubing to stainless tubing with camlocks?
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Yeah, just more fittings but definitely doable.

Stainless is expensive, but just for the conversation.

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=170

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http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=125


and you can hook up your hoses to the fittings and then to the garden hose..


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You can just clamp it with either a worm clamp or Oetiker clamp of the correct size. Just do some dry runs to ensure the connections don't leak before you use it for a brew.
Fair enough. I guess sometimes I need to remember to KISS.

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You could, also, try a 1/2" compression to NPT adapter and then adapt that to hose threaded fittings. I would get a delrin ferrule from Bargain Fittings, or use a pair of silicone o-rings under the compression nut (on the chiller). FAR easier than trying to get stainless ferrules to seat properly/fully IME. You might even be able to get the hose fitting adapter from Bargain fittings (call/email them)...
This? http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=170 $19 each. Ouch.
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Definitely want to use the tubing before the garden hose connections. Is there some other compression fitting that would work with the tubing, maybe compression-to-barb?
You could do this setup on each side...
Compression fitting: http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=132

barb: http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=61 or high flow: http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=186

Ferrule: http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=191

Or reach out to the guys from Stainless and see if they can send you the fittings to adapt to the garden hoses... I would request the Delrin ferrules if they have them. Or just order up some from Bargain Fittings. I have a few on hand at all times (never know when you'll want to use one).
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