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Old 02-09-2012, 07:56 AM   #1
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Would PEX pipe be safe to use as a wort chiller? I am thinking about trying it out as it seems pretty cheap. I can get 1/2" x 100' of pipe for about 20 bucks. Would this work or would it leach some sort of plasticly flavor or chemicals into the wort?

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Old 02-09-2012, 08:12 AM   #2
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For an immersion chiller??? No no no you need something that will be able to transfer the heat to the water. PEX won't do that.

There was talk on here about someone using pex in a counter flow chiller. But even then they were having issues coiling it tight enough to make it useful

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While you can't use it as an IC, for $20 I'd go ahead and get it. The other uses are numerous, and the price is unbeatable. I know I wouldn't bitch about having a 100' roll of 1/2" PEX stuck in the shed...

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Would PEX pipe be safe to use as a wort chiller? I am thinking about trying it out as it seems pretty cheap. I can get 1/2" x 100' of pipe for about 20 bucks. Would this work or would it leach some sort of plasticly flavor or chemicals into the wort?

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You should check to see what grade of pex it is before buying. For $20 I'm going to guess that it's C grade which isn't as good as A or B. C grade usually splits down the sides after time.
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