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Old 01-19-2013, 04:40 AM   #1
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Default Wort chiller malfunction! Dammit!

Just finished my first partial mash. Everything went semi smoothly until I chilled the wort. About halfway through chilling with my IC, I noticed it had a steady leak going right into the BK. ended up with about an extra gallon of none sanitized tap water. Ugh!
Still ended up with a OG of 1.045, was aiming for 1.052. A little shocked.
What are the odds this batch if fugged up?

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Old 01-19-2013, 04:44 AM   #2
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Not much if its city water, Most municipalities use chlorine in there water to kill bacteria. If its well water that might be another problem. Some well water in this country is really, really bad.

Anyway, all you can do is hope for the best. I am sure it will turn out ok, except for the missed efficiency, I am sure it will still be drinkable.

Does the wort chiller have Teflon tape? If not consider using a little bit on the threads and that should clear it up.

If its the kind where you just hook up a flexible hose to it with nothing else, maybe consider a quick disconnect.

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Old 01-19-2013, 04:44 AM   #3
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I bet it'll be fine. Obviously your gravity is a little lower than expected but I've never had an issue with unsanitized tap water. I used to use it to top up when I did extract batches and still sometimes do that if I'm a little short. It's never caused me a problem personally, and I know others have had the same experience. Can't guarantee that of course, but my bet is that it will be fine.

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Old 01-19-2013, 04:52 AM   #4
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I think you're fine but next time...
Make sure your chiller connections are outside of your pot...problem solved.

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It was out of the pot, but leaked out of the vinyl tube connection and down the stem. I think when I popped the chiller in the boiling wort to sanitize, it loosened up the vinyl, and that caused the leak. Need new tubing I thinks....

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This is the chiller I have.

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It was out of the pot, but leaked out of the vinyl tube connection and down the stem. I think when I popped the chiller in the boiling wort to sanitize, it loosened up the vinyl, and that caused the leak. Need new tubing I thinks....
Do you have clamps around the tubing?
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:15 AM   #8
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I think any IC design that has vinyl hose clamped directly on is an accident waiting to happen. The vinyl gets really soft when hot and it extrudes itself from under the clamps and loosens.

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I think with an OG of 1.045 and a healthy yeast pitch your beer is going to be fine. A good connection on your cooling water line to your IC is pretty important though. If I were you I'd ask Bobby from BrewHardware for advice. Pretty sure he can help you out and it won't cost you an arm and leg.

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Old 01-19-2013, 05:33 AM   #10
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Quote:
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I think you're fine but next time...
Make sure your chiller connections are outside of your pot...problem solved.
+1. Always do this. Learned after blankly contemplating drips for way too long.

Hopefully you're all good regardless.
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