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Old 01-30-2008, 07:54 AM   #11
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I figured out what to use as a strap to keep it from not being floppy. (Insert Viagra joke here! hehehe, I said insert, HAHAHAH!!!!) 3 Giant Hose Clamps and Zippy Ties!!!! Here's what it looks like now!!! It's HUGE!!! Notice the cap on the 22oz bottle is missing.... (Evil grin) Oops, how did that happen!!!




Between each wrap of the hose I zip tied a loop around the bent up hose clamp. It is actually fairly rigid. I'm excited!!! I'm going to go try it out right now!!! Be chattin in a few hours to give some numbers!!! actually, gotta go find one more length of high temp tubing to go from the chiller to the bucket.... hmmmm.... I think i have some left over in garage... SWMBO hates my pack rat ways!

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Old 01-30-2008, 09:52 AM   #12
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WOW!! This thing is a MONSTER!! 10 min to drop 6 gallons to 48*F!!!!! I recirculated water for 10 min through it and my pump just dosn't like air bubbles... hehe. Finally got it circulating good. Then I started the clock. Cut the flame, then turned on the water all while recirculating. About 2 min later the temp in the brew kettle was 180*F. Figured that was cool enough. Started draining it into my bucket. 8 min later it was all in the bucket at 48*F... perfect for pitching lager yeast? a bit cool for ale! HAHAHA!!! This thing is COMPLETELY INSANE!!!! My immersion wort chiller is now for sale btw! LOL!! The only application I can see myself using it for now is in the summer putting it in a bucket of salted ice water... Probly won't do much but it'd help... maybe... I URGE EVERYONE who dosn't have a counter current wort chiller to buy one or make one ASAP!! I could have put this thing together 6 months ago... Man, I've been missing out. It's like driving a beat up pinto thinking you've got it made, then being given a brand new BMW.... The pinto worked... but the BMW is soooo much nicer!!!

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Old 01-30-2008, 02:55 PM   #13
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That's the beauty of really cold ground water at work there. Here the ground water isn't cold enough to get the wort below about 70º. Nice work with the strapping.

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Dude, you're a goof ball! I like the way you think! Oregonians are the best!
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This is what I do for cleaning and sanitizing mine.
I use 5 gallons of 180* water to preheat my tun and then that water is boiled for 10 minutes and drained thru my CFC. All is clean and sanitized.

When you are done using it just blast some water (hot if you can) thru it for a minute or tow to rinse it out then keep rolling it over to drain all the water out and let it sit with the ends open to dry until the next brew.

Wit the water temps right now I have to have the cold water running so slow that I could piss thru there with more pressure but in the summer it's not that way.

I'm also thinking of useing one of these.


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I got a thrumometer for Christmas. I really like it, except for the fact that I can't hook it up while I'm recirculating during the end of the boil to sanitize the CFC. It says temps > 140º may damage it (the thermo strip I presume). It is nice to know exactly what the temps exiting the chiller are, though.

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That's exactly why I didn't get one of those. You can put a Tee on the output and have a temp probe sticking down into the tee to measure output temp. Of course, this can be a little digital pocket thermo, a remote style, or even a small dial thermo like I'm using. I'll post a thread showing the pic when I get home.

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Yep, I thought about doing that, too. I didn't know the max temp thing until I got it. It's easy enough to hook up once you start chilling, though.

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That's exactly why I didn't get one of those. You can put a Tee on the output and have a temp probe sticking down into the tee to measure output temp. Of course, this can be a little digital pocket thermo, a remote style, or even a small dial thermo like I'm using. I'll post a thread showing the pic when I get home.
Yeah that would work well also. Something like a "T" fitting with a compression fitting hooked to the chiller and a barb on the other end and a thermometer in the center.
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I've been giving whirlpooling a thought and I think I'm going to use my CCWC AND my old immersion wort chiller. When I run cold water through the CCWC when the wort is boiling the cooling water coming out is still fairly cold so why not run it through the immersion chiller as well. Instead of running the wort straight into a fermenter why not just run it back into the boil kettle in a fashion that it creates a whirlpool? At the same time I could be chillin the brew in the kettle with the immersion chiller and CCWC AND negating the need to stirr! If I wanted to get really goofy I could also use my other immersion wort chiller to prechill my water with. I would have to dig out my old flat bottom stock pot AND silver solder the area around the threads that rusts (got it used, weld looks nice on outside but inside was ground to the middle non SS center) and I'm good to go. Any thoughts?

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