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Old 05-26-2007, 08:32 PM   #1
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We all know how expensive soft copper tubing is. I was wondering what the practicality of using regular copper pipe and various 45 dergree fittings would be?

I was looking to make something that would fit in the 12" hole at the top of my Sankey keg and would be tall enough to cool 10 gallon batches in a timely manner.

Would it be very cost effective when compared to store bought 50 ft copper chillers (about $80 or so)? Would it disperse the cold temperature of the water running through it as well as the soft copper tubing?

This would obviously be soldered together. What are some things to consider when buying solder/flux aside from being lead free?

Thanks in advance for the help!

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Old 05-26-2007, 09:01 PM   #2
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I can't imagine buying all those 45degree fittings being cheaper than just buying soft copper

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Old 05-26-2007, 09:10 PM   #3
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Ya, I figured that would be the pricey part. I'm going to hit the local hardware store and see how much the 45 degree fittings will be. I just figured I'd ask on here 1st.

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Old 05-26-2007, 09:11 PM   #4
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No way are those fittings going to be cheaper than just buying some copper tubing.

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Not to mention that 1/2 rigid pipe is more than 1/2" soft tubing.

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