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Old 03-04-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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I got SOFT copper tubing, is this correct? Im afraid its too "bendy"

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Old 03-04-2009, 10:01 PM   #2
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Old 03-04-2009, 10:07 PM   #3
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Soft copper is definitely what you want. Just be careful not to kink the copper by making too tight of a bend. I found that a 5 gallon bucket, or even a corny keg is a good diameter to go with.

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If you are worried about kinks, get a set of those spring tubing benders. You can make TIGHT bends with those, if you want.

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Old 03-04-2009, 10:54 PM   #5
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Yeah be careful, I just built Bobby M's counterflow chiller and on brew day as I was winding it into a coil around a kettle, I broke the 3/8 tubing and lost about 4 feet off my chiller. Other than that the counter flow is the way to go, really not too expensive and I took boiling wort down to 60 degrees over the course of only 20 feet. And copper prices are going way down, I just bought a 50 ft coil of 3/8 for 30 bucks.

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Old 03-04-2009, 11:04 PM   #6
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yup i RUINED it! I bent the hell out of it. after kissing my wifes @$$ for a week to let me spend money we didn't have and eventually she said ok if you REALLY NEED it, and off i was to get supplies. Now i feel like a complete moron. I should of bought it online like everyone else.

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Did you actually break that tubing or did you just bend it up pretty good, copper is a fairly forgiving metal, albeit a biatch to work with sometimes. Even if you did break it there are still solutions, let us know whats up and maybe we can help you out.

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its kinda folded in a few spots and ones kinda twisted so its kinda hard to let air through i blew into it. i tried water and one spot its squirting out so i almost just thru it out the door to get it out of my sight. I was super excited when i bought it now its just depressing.

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Yeah, if you kinked it, or actually broke it in two, cut the kink out or cut the ends off the two "broken pieces" and use a coupler. Take the coupler and solder those to pieces back together...bam! It wont be pretty but it will surely get the job done. There is always a solution - KISS and Okaham's Razor prevail!

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If you have enough left on the ends of the kinks you can just cut it off and use that, so if you have a 50 foot coil, 25 foot should work, if less than optimal, for cooling down 5 gallon batches. I only use 20 foot on a counterflow chiller, so if you dont have alot to work with, you could just save up a little a go with a counterflow. You could do it for about $30 bucks more and its not hard.

How much usable tubing do you have left?

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