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Old 01-05-2009, 10:58 PM   #1
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Well, today was going great. I was brewing my Scwartzbeir, which is SWMBO's favorite beer. I was trying out a few new things with hopes for a much higher efficiency. My time management was great, and then tragedy struck.

While I was cooling the wort down to pitch the yeast, I went to start dumping the sanitizer out of my carboy and my ale pale. I happened to walk by the kitchen door and look out side to see me brew kettle over flowing all over the porch. I raced outside, and sure enough, my brew kettle was flooding. I yanked the wort chiller out, and sure enough there was a split in the bottom most coil. Needless to say, I wasn't happy at all. I threw the wort chiller across the back yard and yelled a certain 4 letter word. I went in and grabbed a hydrometer and took a reading...1.005. A whole freakin 10 gallon batch of beer ruined. Twenty-three pounds of grain and 3 ounces of hops poured out it the grass.

I am ready to chew nails right now.

I still have the yeast, so I may give it another go tomorrow. I'll have to see if I have the hops and if I can get over to the LHBS.

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Old 01-05-2009, 11:06 PM   #2
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Yeah, that sux... sorry to hear about that.

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Old 01-05-2009, 11:08 PM   #3
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Wow- that would have really ticked me off. All that work for nothing! Plus, now you need a new chiller. Hopefully, you have a few beers around so you can drown your sorrows tonight.

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Old 01-05-2009, 11:16 PM   #4
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I actually picked the kettle up to about shoulder level and dumped it. Keep in mind that had 15 gallons of water in it. SWMBO said that she thought that I was going to completely Hulk out and throw the kettle across the yard.

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Old 01-05-2009, 11:17 PM   #5
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ahh man that sucks!!! Hopefully you get a redo tomorrow. Might as well take this chance to get a CFC.

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Old 01-05-2009, 11:53 PM   #6
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Show us a picture of the "chiller split" if you can. This is really weird???

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Hell, I can barely afford to rebuy the grains(luckily, I have the hops in my freezer), much less a CFC, as much as I would love one.

I just checked my garage, and I have a 50' coil of copper for another immersion chiller. The problem is that it is only 1/4" OD. That means that I'm not going to get a lot of flow through it. However, since it's 50', I can make a much bigger coil. That should make up for the reduced flow...I hope.

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Just buy a coupler and patch the one you have? If you have 50ft of copper laying around I'm guessing you have tools to solder it.

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You need 1/2 inch copper. Mine is from Morebeer. Bigger is always better when talking coolers.

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Even the the 1/4" pipe can't carry as much water through it at a time, it does have a larger (if your old one had a larger diameter) surface-to-volume ratio which should result in faster heat exchange. So you may end up with a chiller that works at about the same rate.

I'm sorry to hear about your beer. I'll pour one out in remembrance.

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