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Old 01-03-2013, 01:22 AM   #11
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Isn't copper kind of copper colored?
What?
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:31 AM   #12
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I think they mean that this IC appears, from the photos, to be made with stainless, not copper?
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:36 AM   #13
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Haha... Oops. Yeah, when I got to thinking about the other chiller I mentioned, it got me stuck on the copper train of thought.
Still... why would you want to store Star-San in anything? It gets all slimy and nasty feeling if you leave it sitting too long in anything...

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:14 PM   #14
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Really? I store star san in an unused corny - it never gets slimy, it's always acidic. (inside of the corny always looks bright and shiny too) - get some pH test strips and keep up with it, but it should stay acid.

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Just out of curiosity, why didn't you put the outlet at the bottom of the bucket? Wouldn't that make gravity feeding easier?

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Beerzrus,
You must have at least one pump... I assume that is what the cam-lock fitting is for. Do you have another? You could put a fitting in the bottom, sidewall of the bucket and recirculate the ice water. This will keep it all stirred up and help eliminate thermal sleeve from forming around your chiller coil.

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How much does it cost to fill the bucket with ice?

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:34 AM   #18
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Thanks for the comments.

-Gravity fed was not an option (single tier electric brewer) for me so putting both cams at the top was easier access since I sit the bucket on the floor when chilling.

-I have hot o2 cleaner in my HLT to clean my BK when I near the end of the boil. When I'm done chilling I circulate that through the chiller for a few minutes. Then I circulate the left over star san from cleaning the carboy. Finally I blow the coil out with a air compressor. Sometimes I leave the star san in.

-I make ice at home, usually about 15lbs.

-Yes, it is really surprising how quickly the 'thermal sleeve' starts. Right now I just use a spoon to circulate the ice water. Near the end I take water out with a pitcher and add ice.

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I bet you could use that as a ghetto jockey box with a few modifications. Obviously you'd go through ice faster than if it was a cooler.

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Plastic spacers are a good idea. I've seen some people just use wire.

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