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Old 03-20-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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So I'm looking at switching to a full boil before I switch to all-grain, and I realize to do this, I need a wort chiller. I'd like one anyway because I don't always seem to cold-crash it well enough with cold water when I do a half-boil.

I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on a wort chiller. I've noticed a lot of different types of immersion chillers (immersion is what I'd like at this point), but can't tell if there's really any true benefit to the longer tubing, at least for 5 gallon batches. I'm also on a budget, so there's that as well.

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Old 03-20-2012, 05:59 PM   #2
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It's all about heat exchange so get the longest one you can afford. You can make your own from 3/8" copper tubing from HD or Lowes if you're a DIY kinda guy.

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Old 03-20-2012, 06:02 PM   #3
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Check out ebay. Got a 25ft one with hoses and hose adapter for about $53. Totally worth the investment when my LHBS was charging $80 for 20 ft.

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Old 03-20-2012, 06:04 PM   #4
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I am the DIY kind of guy, but I live in an apartment, and thus do not have the right tools to build one. That being said, I may be able to rent the tools, but it may not pay off in the end.

I'll look into the DIY avenue though, as my father-in-law does have a lot of tools. Thanks for the reply!

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Old 03-20-2012, 06:06 PM   #5
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I went to home depot and they had everything i needed(tubing, pipe, hose claps, and attachment for sink) . Super easy to make. Only needed my hands and screw driver for the clamps.

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Old 03-20-2012, 06:09 PM   #6
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I bought one from NYBrew for $37. It is 25' 1/4 copper and comes with to tubing and adapter. I have a friend who has been brewing a while and said he tested a 1/4" and a 3/8", both 25', side by side and the 1/4" cooled the wort faster.

I just got it and haven't tested it yet, so...

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You really don't need any tools to make an immersion chiller, I wrapped mine around a paint can to get nice even tight coils

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check amazon...25' go for around $50 shipped, 50' are about $80. i opted for a 50'.

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Length isn't necessarily better, but you want the most surface area you can get. Personally I would rather have a shorter chiller with a wide diameter to promote more surface area and higher flow. I have used two friends wort chillers where one has a wide tube and one has a narrow tube and the difference is unbelievable. This is also one of the easiest homebrew DIY projects too if you know how to use the clamps as that is all you need. And lets face it, clamps aren't that difficult.

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Agreed on the DIY aspect of this. I bought 25' of copper tubing, hose clamps, plastic tubing (it doesn't even need to be food grade since you're just transferring water that will be discarded), a fitting to attach it to my kitchen faucet, and a hose bending tool for the angles on the in/out ends of the copper (optional). Wrapped it around a corny keg (or use a cylindrical object of similar diameter) and then all you need is a screwdriver to tighten the hose clamps. So easy!

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