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mcaple1 04-12-2011 06:16 PM

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Thanks for all the ideas fellow homebrewers, especially you RedIrocZ-28! This setup works perfectly for the 30qt turkey fryer pot.

Start by acquiring 50ft of 3/8" OD soft copper refrigerant pipe (coiled). You can un-slinky it (yes I know, very scientific terminology here) and find the location of the center point of the length of pipe. Once that is determined, start on one end of the pipe and coil it around a paint can (I was able to get enough coils from 25ft of the pipe to cover the entire surface area of the paint can. Once I got to the middle, I went to the other side, using either another paint can or the same one, start by coiling the pipe up again, except this time, go in the opposite direction as the first side (if you spun CCW on one side, go CW on the other, making sure the end of the pipe will both be on the top of bottom of the two coils when they are side by side. A good picture of this can be found on this youtube video posted by immolateus here.


Once that is done, take the two sections and mash them together, interlocking the coils. the straighten out enough length on both sides to create you input and output points (preferably outside of the brewpot). To make you life easier when doing this, you can use pipe benders (picture below)

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To finish it off, I used 5/16" ID vinyl tubing (Lowes didn't have any 3/8" or else I would have used that) and then and connected two separate lengths of tubing to the two ends of the coil. On on tube, I affixed a nylon hose barb adapter WATTS A-300 and a hose adapter WATTS A-672.

Attachment 23951

All done! Thanks for the help guys!

mcaple1 04-12-2011 06:16 PM

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Thanks for all the ideas fellow homebrewers, especially you RedIrocZ-28! This setup works perfectly for the 30qt turkey fryer pot.

Start by acquiring 50ft of 3/8" OD soft copper refrigerant pipe (coiled). You can un-slinky it (yes I know, very scientific terminology here) and find the location of the center point of the length of pipe. Once that is determined, start on one end of the pipe and coil it around a paint can (I was able to get enough coils from 25ft of the pipe to cover the entire surface area of the paint can. Once I got to the middle, I went to the other side, using either another paint can or the same one, start by coiling the pipe up again, except this time, go in the opposite direction as the first side (if you spun CCW on one side, go CW on the other, making sure the end of the pipe will both be on the top of bottom of the two coils when they are side by side. A good picture of this can be found on this youtube video posted by immolateus here.


Once that is done, take the two sections and mash them together, interlocking the coils. the straighten out enough length on both sides to create you input and output points (preferably outside of the brewpot). To make you life easier when doing this, you can use pipe benders (picture below)

Attachment 23949

Attachment 23950

To finish it off, I used 5/16" ID vinyl tubing (Lowes didn't have any 3/8" or else I would have used that) and then and connected two separate lengths of tubing to the two ends of the coil. On on tube, I affixed a nylon hose barb adapter WATTS A-300 and a hose adapter WATTS A-672.

Attachment 23951

All done! Thanks for the help guys!

mcaple1 04-12-2011 06:16 PM

3 Attachment(s)

Thanks for all the ideas fellow homebrewers, especially you RedIrocZ-28! This setup works perfectly for the 30qt turkey fryer pot.

Start by acquiring 50ft of 3/8" OD soft copper refrigerant pipe (coiled). You can un-slinky it (yes I know, very scientific terminology here) and find the location of the center point of the length of pipe. Once that is determined, start on one end of the pipe and coil it around a paint can (I was able to get enough coils from 25ft of the pipe to cover the entire surface area of the paint can. Once I got to the middle, I went to the other side, using either another paint can or the same one, start by coiling the pipe up again, except this time, go in the opposite direction as the first side (if you spun CCW on one side, go CW on the other, making sure the end of the pipe will both be on the top of bottom of the two coils when they are side by side. A good picture of this can be found on this youtube video posted by immolateus here.


Once that is done, take the two sections and mash them together, interlocking the coils. the straighten out enough length on both sides to create you input and output points (preferably outside of the brewpot). To make you life easier when doing this, you can use pipe benders (picture below)

Attachment 23949

Attachment 23950

To finish it off, I used 5/16" ID vinyl tubing (Lowes didn't have any 3/8" or else I would have used that) and then and connected two separate lengths of tubing to the two ends of the coil. On on tube, I affixed a nylon hose barb adapter WATTS A-300 and a hose adapter WATTS A-672.

Attachment 23951

All done! Thanks for the help guys!

qazwax13 02-21-2012 07:27 AM

My diy chiller
 
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My wort chiller


enthuzed 08-29-2012 07:59 PM

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Again thank you to RedIrocZ-28! Picked up 20' of 3/8" OD copper coil from the Depot. Used my CO2 tank as a coil/guide and it turned out great. I do have to admit that I was pretty nervous at first... Go ahead and give a whirl if you want to change your IC.


danbrewtan 12-05-2012 02:59 PM

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Well here's my interwoven wort chiller! As a chemical engineer, I really like this design. You spread out the surface area of the copper while also maintaining the best driving force for heat transfer. I almost got into the thermodynamics of it all but I will refrain. This thread has seen enough!

EDIT: everything cost me about $50 at Lowe's. I got some extra vinyl tubing in case I needed the water to run through an ice bath before it enters the wort. The tap water can be very warm in Texas...

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lorne17 01-30-2013 06:19 AM

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So, I was too excited to get my RCIC done and made so I finished it tonight! Didn't think it'd be done tonight. However it did take some time to really figure out the amount of pipe I needed to leave straight and coil.

All in all, this is 25' of 1/2" copper tubing. I altered the design a bit and added a compression T fitting to split the incoming water into each coil to even disburse the cold water in the Wort. Then both come up and shoot out.

One issue I had was I didn't anticipate how large the 90 degree turn radiuses would be so my straight lengths ended up being too short. I kinked the first one I tried to bend, so I didn't want to risk breaking the tube by straightening and trying again. So I may just have to add a foot or so of clear tubing with a clamp for the exit tubes. Luckily I left PLENTY of tubing for the inlet to a hose bibb. That also came across the top to act as my handle to carry it. Since that's the inlet the tube won't burn my hand, the other two would.

I haven't tested this with any wort yet. I plan to test it on a water boil tomorrow while I clean it, then this weekend I'll make another batch and test it on the real stuff!

Thanks for an awesome design and great insight guys! Here's some pics of my progress and final product.

Lorne


lorne17 01-30-2013 06:19 AM

5 Attachment(s)

So, I was too excited to get my RCIC done and made so I finished it tonight! Didn't think it'd be done tonight. However it did take some time to really figure out the amount of pipe I needed to leave straight and coil.

All in all, this is 25' of 1/2" copper tubing. I altered the design a bit and added a compression T fitting to split the incoming water into each coil to even disburse the cold water in the Wort. Then both come up and shoot out.

One issue I had was I didn't anticipate how large the 90 degree turn radiuses would be so my straight lengths ended up being too short. I kinked the first one I tried to bend, so I didn't want to risk breaking the tube by straightening and trying again. So I may just have to add a foot or so of clear tubing with a clamp for the exit tubes. Luckily I left PLENTY of tubing for the inlet to a hose bibb. That also came across the top to act as my handle to carry it. Since that's the inlet the tube won't burn my hand, the other two would.

I haven't tested this with any wort yet. I plan to test it on a water boil tomorrow while I clean it, then this weekend I'll make another batch and test it on the real stuff!

Thanks for an awesome design and great insight guys! Here's some pics of my progress and final product.

Lorne


lorne17 01-30-2013 06:19 AM

5 Attachment(s)

So, I was too excited to get my RCIC done and made so I finished it tonight! Didn't think it'd be done tonight. However it did take some time to really figure out the amount of pipe I needed to leave straight and coil.

All in all, this is 25' of 1/2" copper tubing. I altered the design a bit and added a compression T fitting to split the incoming water into each coil to even disburse the cold water in the Wort. Then both come up and shoot out.

One issue I had was I didn't anticipate how large the 90 degree turn radiuses would be so my straight lengths ended up being too short. I kinked the first one I tried to bend, so I didn't want to risk breaking the tube by straightening and trying again. So I may just have to add a foot or so of clear tubing with a clamp for the exit tubes. Luckily I left PLENTY of tubing for the inlet to a hose bibb. That also came across the top to act as my handle to carry it. Since that's the inlet the tube won't burn my hand, the other two would.

I haven't tested this with any wort yet. I plan to test it on a water boil tomorrow while I clean it, then this weekend I'll make another batch and test it on the real stuff!

Thanks for an awesome design and great insight guys! Here's some pics of my progress and final product.

Lorne


lorne17 01-30-2013 06:19 AM

5 Attachment(s)

So, I was too excited to get my RCIC done and made so I finished it tonight! Didn't think it'd be done tonight. However it did take some time to really figure out the amount of pipe I needed to leave straight and coil.

All in all, this is 25' of 1/2" copper tubing. I altered the design a bit and added a compression T fitting to split the incoming water into each coil to even disburse the cold water in the Wort. Then both come up and shoot out.

One issue I had was I didn't anticipate how large the 90 degree turn radiuses would be so my straight lengths ended up being too short. I kinked the first one I tried to bend, so I didn't want to risk breaking the tube by straightening and trying again. So I may just have to add a foot or so of clear tubing with a clamp for the exit tubes. Luckily I left PLENTY of tubing for the inlet to a hose bibb. That also came across the top to act as my handle to carry it. Since that's the inlet the tube won't burn my hand, the other two would.

I haven't tested this with any wort yet. I plan to test it on a water boil tomorrow while I clean it, then this weekend I'll make another batch and test it on the real stuff!

Thanks for an awesome design and great insight guys! Here's some pics of my progress and final product.

Lorne



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