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twilbrew247 07-20-2012 10:57 PM

Homemade Wort Chiller
 
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First attempt before switching to all grain.

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bellam87 07-20-2012 11:21 PM

It'll work... that's what everyone starts with

Dunerunner 07-20-2012 11:23 PM

Looks good! Nice job!!

KettleCorn 07-21-2012 03:13 AM

I like it, let us know the delta t from flame out to pitch temp....
:D

twilbrew247 07-21-2012 01:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KettleCorn
I like it, let us know the delta t from flame out to pitch temp....
:D

Will do. Going to take it on a test run before I brew to see how quick and how cool I can get it.

Curtis2010 07-21-2012 03:04 PM

What was your cost for materials? Hours to build?

bken620 07-21-2012 03:57 PM

That looks good, I unfortunately/fortunately just bit the bullet and bought one through NY Brew Supply via Amazon. While I love to DIY, I just didn't think that this was cost effective, I'll pay an extra $5 - $10 if it means that it's done by someone who's done it more than once.

A couple of years ago my friend and I figured out that in NJ it's more cost effective to have someone else do your oil change instead of doing it yourself, because here in NJ you can get a quality oil change for $20, when the cost of 5 quarts of oil and an oil filter costs $20. Then if you factor in the cost of your time, mine $15/hr, it actually ends up being cheaper.

twilbrew247 07-21-2012 05:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Curtis2010
What was your cost for materials? Hours to build?

$25 for 20 ft of coiled copper, $10 for 20 ft of vinyl tubing (don't really need that much), $5 or so for fittings...

It beats $70 plus shipping since I don't have an LHBS.

twilbrew247 08-20-2012 02:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KettleCorn
I like it, let us know the delta t from flame out to pitch temp....
:D

Forgot this post. I ended up buying a 17-gal wash tub to use an ice bath in conjunction with the chiller because tap water is about 85F in the summer and I couldn't get it to pitching temp quick enough. Anyway, I'm able to get down to around 75F in about 20-30 minutes or so from boiling. Gives me time to rehydrate my yeast.

Justintoxicated 08-20-2012 06:00 AM

Yea buying online is almost abut the same as making it yourself but making it yourself is still way cheaper than the LHBS :) I went for a stainless 50' chiller cause I didn't like the fact that copper oxidizes and didn't want oxidation coming off in my wort, but I doubt it is really much of an issue, plus I couldn't bend stainless myself nearly as easily so it seemed more worth while. Copper does conduct heat faster I suppose although either material will work for this.

My hardware store only had 3/8th inch coil in 20 foot lengths, and 20 feet just isn't really enough. I thought it would be enough for my pre-chiller (made the coil smaller by wrapping it around a conrey keg), but I have my doubts.. It only drops the tap water temp about 5-6 degrees so I end up with about 76-77 tap water for cooling this time of year..I think a longer coil might have worked better.


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