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Old 12-30-2009, 02:49 AM   #1
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Default New to homebrew, made a wort chiller

Just finished my first batch of beer. I went with the Midwest Brew Supply kit "Liberty Cream Ale". Everything went pretty good i think. Came close to having a boil-over but watched it close and did everything i learned watching a bunch of online videos and the video that came with my equipment kit and survived without any nasty mess.

One thing that i did think was pretty cool was the homemade wort chiller i made. It worked absolutely fantastic. I used the 3/8" copper tubing, 50ft and washer supply hose. From the time i turned on the water to the time it got down to 80F was 5:39. Of course the water coming out of my house right now is a cool 58 degree's, but that was impressive to me. Now i just gotta wait for it to start bubbling.

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Old 12-30-2009, 02:52 AM   #2
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That's pretty quick with the chiller. Good work!

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Old 12-30-2009, 03:55 AM   #3
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That's cool! I'm thinking of making a wort chiller myself.
Lets see a pic!

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Old 12-30-2009, 04:20 AM   #4
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Grats on your chiller fabrication. I really want to do this as well, but I keep putting it off. I guess I'm just worried that I'll end up making a picasso-like chiller that won't even be remotely functional, and I'll be out the cash for the copper to boot.

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Old 12-30-2009, 04:21 AM   #5
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ya i work in a welding and machine shop, i was thinking about making my own. glad to hear someone else has done it and had success with it.

+1 on the request for a pic

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Old 12-30-2009, 04:39 AM   #6
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Not to thread jack but I just finished up my second and third batches of brew. I also built a chiller. Amazing how much quicker it works than just putting the pot in ice water.

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Old 12-30-2009, 04:47 AM   #7
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Nice work.

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Old 12-30-2009, 05:16 AM   #8
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Nice. My very first brew was the Liberty Cream Ale as well. It turned out pretty good for the first beer ever!

Like you, I also jumped in head first with making a chiller, but for those worrying about trying it, don't worry. It's really easy! As long as you have something round to wrap the copper tubing around it's pretty hard to mess up. Then all you need are some hose fittings and maybe sweat a few elbows on and it's golden.

Here's mine. Notice the odd tapered shape... it's because the only thing I had was the base of a bird bath to coil the tubing around. It doesn't matter and it works great. I can still get 5 gallons down to 65 in just about 10 minutes

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Old 12-30-2009, 12:07 PM   #9
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Mine looks similar to the two above, except not as pretty. I made mine all one piece rather than sweating on elbows. Is there something you have to do to condition the lead/solder so it doesnt leach into your wort or is it ok just like it is.

Marubozo...how long before your LCA started bubbling? I got mine all sealed up last night around 8pm. I just woke up at 6am and its bubbling away, about 1 bubble per second. Starting gravity was 1.043.

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As long as you use a flux that's rated for drinking water I wouldn't be concerned about the little bit that is in contact with the wort.

And when I did my cream ale I noticed activity by the next morning so it sounds like you're right on track.

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