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Old 06-30-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default Was thinking of brewing but with this heat

I'm not sure I could ever get the wort chilled down LOL.

What's interesting is with this heat I was able to bring about 11 gallons of water to a full boil by setting it out in the sun and letting the sun warm it up before starting up the burner.....


Took about 40 minutes with a good wind blowing to get it up.

I suppose now might be the time to get a wort chiller

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Old 06-30-2012, 08:57 PM   #2
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They are pretty fun to make yourself.

A satisfying DIY project.

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Old 06-30-2012, 10:38 PM   #3
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I was actually thinking of doing that but with the cost of copper reaching astronomical levels I was thinking of using aluminum or stainless but nobody around here carries them

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I made mine out of 3/8" stainless...

We have a lot of scrap pieces of it at work and the bender. It's a bit none-traditional in the instead of the coils parallel with the kettle, mine run vertical up and down.

Seems to work alright, drops 5 gal from boil to 80F in 12min or so in 80degree weather.

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Ground temp is pretty much always over pitch temp here too. I picked up a cheap sump pump from harbor freight, put ice water in my ice chest and pump that through my immersion coil. Would work the same with plate/counter flow chillers too. Not a new idea but it works pretty well.

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1000 comedians out of work,etc.

Edit:I originally read it as the sun getting 11 gallons to a boil

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Sheesh...must remember to look before posting...

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I was actually thinking of doing that but with the cost of copper reaching astronomical levels I was thinking of using aluminum or stainless but nobody around here carries them
I ordered a stainless 50 ft chiller for the price I could have made one from copper. It looks much nicer too.
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