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Old 10-13-2012, 01:46 PM   #121
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wish i would have seen this a few weeks ago! love the thermometer! may have to retro fit mine!! great work!

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Old 10-18-2012, 11:22 PM   #122
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wish i would have seen this a few weeks ago! love the thermometer! may have to retro fit mine!! great work!
Have you fitted a thermometer onto yours yet?
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:17 PM   #123
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Hmmm, I'm thinking it's time to hack up my IC and make this counterflow chiller!

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:12 PM   #124
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Did you use a 5/8" or 3/4" hose

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Old 10-29-2012, 03:01 AM   #125
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5/8"

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Old 11-01-2012, 03:24 AM   #126
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I will be starting a build very soon. I thought I would post my plans and ask for opinions or tips.

I'm building a 25' cfc with 5/8" ID rubber garden hose and 3/8" OD refrigeration tubing and a 20-240 deg F probe.



The CFC will be semi-permanently mounted under my rolling brewing table. The water connections are shown opposite the wort connections but this may change. I intend to make water connections from the rear of the table but realize that I may need water flow control from the front. I was concerned about fluid being held in the chiller, so the lowest ports will be oriented low for drainage.

The CFC will be used in conjunction with a March MDXT-3 pump.

Camlock QDs will likely be used for the entire setup.

Any comments or tips are welcome. I want to build it right the first time.

Thanks

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Old 11-01-2012, 06:47 AM   #127
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WOW made one of these up few weeks ago, finally got to use it tonight, what a great tool, unbelievably easy. Best part is it doesn't squirt you with hot water while sanitizing.

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Old 11-02-2012, 02:41 PM   #128
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have not retro fitted mine yet. got run over by a truck so i have not brewed in a few weeks. but thanks to the pain killers, i cannot drink either so the pipeline is fine as long as i can keep the wife out of it LOL.

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Old 11-03-2012, 05:06 AM   #129
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Chiller worked great with the new pump I implemented into my system this week. Solid 62 degrees coming out of the end. 3/8 refrigerator tubing works slowly with gravity feed, but is much better with some pressure behind it! Thinking about removing or capping the thermometer port. I know how efficient it is, and can easily measure the output temp upon leaving the pipe into the fermentor.

Still very happy with counterflow chiller! Thanks Tiber

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I will be starting a build very soon. I thought I would post my plans and ask for opinions or tips.

I'm building a 25' cfc with 5/8" ID rubber garden hose and 3/8" OD refrigeration tubing and a 20-240 deg F probe.



The CFC will be semi-permanently mounted under my rolling brewing table. The water connections are shown opposite the wort connections but this may change. I intend to make water connections from the rear of the table but realize that I may need water flow control from the front. I was concerned about fluid being held in the chiller, so the lowest ports will be oriented low for drainage.

The CFC will be used in conjunction with a March MDXT-3 pump.

Camlock QDs will likely be used for the entire setup.

Any comments or tips are welcome. I want to build it right the first time.

Thanks
Overall looks good. You might want to shorten up the probe port a bit, so you're not measuring low flow or still fluid pockets. I'm not sure how long the probe is that you have in mind, but make sure it's taking its data from wort that's flowing in the same uniform manner as inside the rest of the chiller. That way you'll get the most accurate and applicable temperature feedback that you're looking for.

Good luck with your build!
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Primary:
1. Porter 2. Porter 3. Pils 4. Pils 5. none 6. none
Secondary:
1. Brett Ale 2. Lambic 3. Lambic 4. none
Bottled:
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Kegged & conditioning:
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