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Old 08-30-2009, 06:14 AM   #1
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Default Ultimate Wort Cooling: 5 Gallons from 212 to 70 Degrees In 7 Minutes

I love it.



The white bucket is full of spiraled copper tubing in water with ice.

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Old 08-30-2009, 09:49 AM   #2
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7 minutes? That's fukkin incredible! What's your tap water temp, outta curiosity?

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Old 08-30-2009, 10:03 AM   #3
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Tap water temp's around 75-80.

The counterflow chiller cools the wort to feeling warm, then the spiraled copper pipe in the bucket of ice and water finishes the job.

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Old 08-30-2009, 02:18 PM   #4
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Awesome Great idea.

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Old 08-30-2009, 05:02 PM   #5
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Is your CFC in the cooler just to keep it contained, or is there a higher purpose? And, are you basically using an IC inside out (beer in, cold water out) in the bucket of ice water?
I don't have a CFC and have been thinking of ways to improve my chill times. I have an immersion pump I use for draining the kiddie pool and am considering using it in a big batch of ice water to push very cold water through the IC when the tap water seems done. Any thoughts?

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Old 08-30-2009, 09:54 PM   #6
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The CFC sits on the ice chest because where the dark green hose meets the metal, it drips a bit. It's only water though, from my sink.

The beer flows inside 10ft of spiraled copper pipe in the bucket of ice and water.

Brew kettle>>>>counterflow chiller>>>>copper pipe in ice water>>>>primary



Counterflow chillers are nice, I must say. I like having the beer not be exposed to the air like it would be with an immersion chiller. I know people do it all the time with no contamination, but that's just my research carrying over into my brewing (I work with tuberculosis bacteria). Plus it gets better efficiency than an immersion chiller.

Only problem with both immersion and CFC's is that unless it's the dead of winter or you live far up north, your tap water's not going to be cold enough to get the beer to temp by itself. Hence why I have the copper pipe and ice bucket.

Pumping ice water through your IC would solve that problem too.

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Old 08-30-2009, 10:11 PM   #7
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I have no idea what I am looking at but it looks SWEET!!! I am guessing a CFC is the way to go to cool your wort down. Looks like McGiveor meets home brewer, wheres the duck tape at?

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This is basically a pre-chiller, only you are using it after the CFC.
It certainly works, and that's all that matters.

Same as if he used a pump and was using ice water through the CFC.

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Must do more research on this CFC contraption!

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Old 08-31-2009, 03:17 AM   #10
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Looks cool, but looks complicated. I just bought 25' of 1/2 copper tube, put garden hose ends on each side and run my garden hose to that. My well water is about 55 - 60 so it drops it from boiling to a cool 68 - 72 in about 15 minutes.. Best $30 I ever spent.

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