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Old 11-07-2012, 05:04 AM   #1
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I just built my first wort chiller, I used zip ties as support between the spaces of coils. Is there any dis advantage in doing this?

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Old 11-07-2012, 05:07 AM   #2
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As long as all those coils are actually submerged in your BK, there's no disadvantage to having all those big gaps...

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[edit] ps: I'd put a slightly-more-than-90°-bend on the two risers up near the couplers so they hang over the edge of your kettle, which might help keep any leaks from getting into your wort...

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Old 11-07-2012, 05:14 AM   #3
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PBR... good wort-chiller-making drink

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Old 11-07-2012, 05:26 AM   #4
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All the coils will be submerged, we are boiling full 5 gallons, I will def, bend the couplers more I didn't even think of that.

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Old 11-07-2012, 05:27 AM   #5
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PBR... good wort-chiller-making drink
You can't go wrong with a pbr....... Or 12
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:28 AM   #6
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PBR... good wort-chiller-making drink
You can't go wrong with a pbr..... Or 12
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:57 AM   #7
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Nylon is probably fine to be submerged in the wort, though im not sure if it would release any compounds at boiling temps. I would suggest replacing the zip-ties with copper wire as soon as you can. It will hold up longer and you can get a roll of solid core copper wire for reasonably cheap.

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My guess is the problem you might have is them loosing up in the heat.

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Yeah get rid of the plastic. If you have some romax laying around strip out the ground wire and it will work great.

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Old 11-07-2012, 01:45 PM   #10
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I think chillers with plenty of space in between ribs will improve your chilling assuming you whirlpool. Keeps the wort moving over the coils.

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