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Old 02-09-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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So I'm thinking about going to junk yard and picking up a heater core for 10 bucks. I bet they make great wort chillers?

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Old 02-09-2012, 12:29 PM   #2
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If your talking about an automobile heater core, I don't think I would trust that the solder is safe. IMHO

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Old 02-09-2012, 12:38 PM   #3
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NO.
If your talking automotive heater core you are at risk for heavy metal poison from lead based solder.

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Old 02-09-2012, 12:49 PM   #4
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Im pretty sure this is one of the dangers from moonshine and the lack of being able to get all the antifreeze out one of the things that can make you go blind.

I hope this was a joke!

now on the other hand if you used the heater core to recirculate cooling fluid, like put it outside and circulate through a plate chiller then to the heater core, then back to the plate chiller, this could work and save water in the winter.

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I bet they make great wort chillers?
*edit* - kinda dumb
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
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Go find a pond in Buffalo that normally has a 2-3" layer of duck $hit floating on top of it. Cut some ice from the pond and throw it in your wort to chill it. It'll be more sanitary and safer than a heater core.

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Old 02-09-2012, 01:04 PM   #7
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now on the other hand if you used the heater core to recirculate cooling fluid, like put it outside and circulate through a plate chiller then to the heater core, then back to the plate chiller, this could work and save water in the winter.
This was my first thought!! I don't know what everyone else first thought!!
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Ok that would explain why no one is using them.

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Old 02-09-2012, 01:22 PM   #9
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Thought I would ask just for the fact it's a mini radiator. I have a thick plate chiller now can just put two SS elbows on it and drop it right in like wort chiller right?

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Old 02-09-2012, 01:29 PM   #10
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Go find a pond in Buffalo that normally has a 2-3" layer of duck $hit floating on top of it. Cut some ice from the pond and throw it in your wort to chill it. It'll be more sanitary and safer than a heater core.
I don't think any of our ponds really have any ice on them this winter
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