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Old 01-20-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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Default Anything to know before using an immersion chiller?

I know double check the hose clamps but is there anything else to know before using one for the first time?

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Old 01-20-2012, 07:55 PM   #2
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Give it a good soak in some water/vinegar mixture first. Gotta get all that crap off the new copper. You'll know it's done when it's shiny - 30-60 mins should do the trick.

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Old 01-20-2012, 07:56 PM   #3
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I'd say just make sure you put it in the boiling wort for at least 5 minutes to sanitize it before you start. I just used my new one for the first time last week and it worked perfectly right out of the box!

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Old 01-20-2012, 07:58 PM   #4
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Be careful with the hose that expels the water. I had a loose fit on the nozzle, readjusted it, and then turned it back on. The pressure caused the bottom hose to fly out of the sink and shoot water (200 degree water) all over my foot. The blisters were radical.

TLDR: Take care, that stuff gets hot.

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Triple check the hose clamps. I replaced my hoses before my last batch and the test run went good. I think the heat softened them up slightly and mine had a slow drip when i started the water. Needed just a little more to stop the drip once the hoses were up to temp.

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Old 01-20-2012, 08:01 PM   #6
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Collect the runoff water, use it for cleaning.

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Check the pressure on the hose(s) leading into the copper part as you up the water pressure. Too much can pop the connection or split the line.

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Stir wort using a spoon or move the IC to increase cooling efficiency

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Don't leave it in freezing temps with water in it between uses

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Don't leave it in freezing temps with water in it between uses
I could see myself doing that
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